The EURLEuropean Union Reference Laboratory organises Proficiency Tests (PTs) on detection and typing of Salmonella in accordance with Council Directive 92/177/EEC and Regulation (EC) 822/2004.

The participating laboratories in these PTs make use of standard protocols, along with complete test reports provided by the EURL.

The designation of the EURL for monitoring bacteriological and viral contamination of bivalve molluscs, located in the United Kingdom, was discontinued on 31 December 2018 (Commission Regulation (EUEuropese unie) 2018/222). The responsibilities regarding the analytical tests for Salmonella in bivalve molluscs have been transferred to the activities of the EURL-Salmonella. Proficiency Tests for this activity are not foreseen before 2020.

Current Proficiency Test Detection:

Samples for the current EURL-Salmonella PT, on detection of Salmonella spp. in chicken faeces, were shipped to the participants on Monday 23 September 2019.
The electronic submission of results  was closed on Friday 25 October 2019 and data are currently evaluated and elaborated into Individual Laboratory Results Reports and an Interim Summary Report.
The EURL-Salmonella contact person for this PT is Irene Pol ( irene.pol@rivm.nl ).

Current Proficiency Test Typing:

Samples for the current EURL-Salmonella PT Typing were shipped to the participants on Monday 4 November 2019.
The deadline for completing the electronic submission of results  for the serotyping part is 13 December 2019. The deadline for completing the electronic submission of results for the pilot on Cluster Analysis is 31 January 2020.
The EURL-Salmonella contact person for the PT Typing is Wilma Jacobs ( wilma.jacobs@rivm.nl ).