Following the publication of Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/222 the responsibilities of the EURL for Monitoring Bacteriological and Viral Contamination of Bivalve Molluscs at Cefas have been transferred to the EU Reference Laboratories for the analysis and testing of zoonoses (salmonella) (, the EU reference laboratory for Escherichia coli, including verotoxigenic E. coli (vtec) (, and the EU reference laboratory for foodborne viruses The EU reference laboratory for the monitoring of marine biotoxins has taken over the activities related to the classification and monitoring of production areas for bivalve molluscs ( Information on Cefas’ International Reference Laboratory activities can be found at

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Import permits
For some destinations import permits are required to enable PT material to enter the country at the border. It is the responsibility of the end user laboratory to ensure that all relevant permitting documentation is in place in advance of the distribution. Copies of import permits must be sent to Cefas prior to dispatch of PT material. Failure to supply a copy of the correct import permit (no mistakes) will result in the sample material not being sent.

Please note that for non-NRL participants there is a charge for this distribution. The EURL will submit an invoice shortly after registration has closed. Please provide the purchase order number to the EURL, which will be included with the invoice.


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