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/

This section contains technical advisory documents and scientific activity reports relating to classification and monitoring of bivalve shellfish harvesting areas. Please note that the "Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Molluscs Harvesting Areas. Guide to Good Practice:Technical  Application" or "Community Guide to the Principles of Good Practice for the Microbiological Classification and Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Production and Relaying Areas with regard to Regulation 854/2004" can be downloaded from the Official Control Guides section.

Summary report of approaches to seasonal classification across EU Member States, 2018
[Date: 6/08/2018; size: NaN KB]

Summary report of approaches to seasonal classification across EU Member States, 2017
[Date: 19/09/2017; size: NaN KB]

Summary report on changes to class A areas across EU Member States following implementation of regulation 2015/2285
[Date: 19/09/2017; size: NaN KB]

Comparision of the EU and the US national shellfish sanitation programme microbiological standards in relation to EU Reg. 2015/2285
[Date: 4/08/2017; size: NaN KB]

Comparing EU and US microbiological standards for shellfish waters (1)
[Date: 19/10/2016; size: NaN KB]

Comparison of the EU and the US NSSP microbiological standards in relation to EU Reg. 2015/2285.
[Date: 10/10/2016; size: NaN KB]

Comparison of current and proposed EU classification criteria for Cat A shellfish harvesting waters
[Date: 9/09/2016; size: NaN KB]

Prohibition zones – EU situation
[Date: 8/12/2014; size: NaN KB]

Details of criteria for waiving results of monitoring programmes – EU situation
[Date: 8/12/2014; size: NaN KB]

Molluscan shellfish equivalence project - paper for workgroup discussion on harvesting areas and buffer zones
[Date: 26/04/2013; size: NaN KB]

Evaluating the dilution of wastewater treatment plant effluent and viral impacts on shellfish growing areas in Mobile Bay, Alabama
[Date: 26/04/2013; size: NaN KB]

Adoption of E coli criteria for live bivalve molluscs: paper for discussion at the Member States restricted working group on bivalve molluscs
[Date: 14/02/2013; size: NaN KB]

Comparison of bivalve mollusc harvesting area classification under EC Regulation 854/2004 across EU member states (2009)
[Date: 11/04/2011; size: 107.01 KB]

Possible harmonisation of EU and Codex microbiological standards
[Date: 31/03/2011; size: NaN KB]

Comparison of two and three class plans for evaluating E coli levels in live bivalve molluscs
[Date: 18/05/2010; size: NaN KB]

Addendum to the Report on the Equivalence of EU and US Legislation for the Saniary Production of Live Bivalve Molluscs for Human Consumption
[Date: 30/04/2010; size: 76.73 KB]

Production, Classification and Monitoring of Live Echinoderms, Tunicates and Gastropods Amongst EU Member States
[Date: 15/10/2008; size: 246.24 KB]

Proposals for the application of analytical variability in the interpretation of E coli monitoring data for the classification of LBM
[Date: 31/05/2005; size: NaN KB]

EU WG on the Microbiological Monitoring of Bivalve Mollusc Harvesting Areas-A review of Scientific Information and Current Monitoring Practices
[Date: 31/03/2005; size: 1253.66 KB]

Report on the equivalence of EU and US legislation for the sanitary production of live bivalve molluscs for human consumption - August 1996
[Date: 29/08/1996; size: 1109.66 KB]

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