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) (https://www.eurlsalmonella.eu/), the EU reference laboratory for Escherichia coli, including verotoxigenic E. coli (vtec) (http://old.iss.it/vtec/), and the EU reference laboratory for foodborne viruses https://www.livsmedelsverket.se/en/production-control-and-trade/eurl-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 (http://www.aecosan.msssi.gob.es/en/CRLMB/web/home.html. Information on Cefas’ International Reference Laboratory activities can be found at https://www.cefas.co.uk/centres-of-excellence/

The functions and duties of the EURL are specified in Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 (Official Journal of the European Communities No L 165 of 30.4.2004). The work programme of the EURL is agreed annually with the Commission, the programme runs from the 1st January to the 31st December. This section contains the annual work programmes and annual technical reports. Technical reports comprise a summary of the scientific and technical activities for the year. More information on specific actions undertaken as part of the work programmes can be found in Technical advice and reports and Proficiency testing.