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European Union Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis: an useful tool towards harmonization of protocols

Poster presented in 34th Annual Congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology

July 1st, 2013

Romero B., Bezos J., Casal C., Alvarez J., Lozano F., Moya N. and de Juan L.

In 2008 the European Union Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis (VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre, Madrid, Spain) was designated with the main activities (Commission Regulation 737/2008) of 1) Coordinating the methods employed in the Member States for diagnosing diseases; 2) Assisting actively in the diagnosis of disease outbreaks in Member States; 3) Facilitating the initial or further training of experts in laboratory diagnosis with a view to the harmonization of diagnostic; 4) Collaborating with the competent laboratories in third countries where those diseases are prevalent; and 5) Conducting initial and further training courses for the benefit of staff from national reference laboratories and of experts from developing countries. Taking these specific responsibilities and tasks in mind the EU-RL has designed an online database within its website (www.bovinetuberculosis.eu) that allows all the National Reference Laboratories to consult the protocols used in other Member States in order to facilitate harmonization of techniques throughout the Community, in particular specifying standard test methodologies. The Bovine Tuberculosis Protocols Database compile all the information submitted from all the NRLs to define the state of the art of the different
methodologies (culture, extraction & identification, molecular characterization and interferon gamma detection) used all over Europe. This information is evaluated by the EU-RL and different activities are performed (proficiency tests, evaluation of culture media, determination of analytical sensitivity, etc.) towards harmonization of protocols. Moreover, among other activities, the EU-RL gives technical and laboratory support to all NRLs and send reference reactives upon request (control strains, DNA, DvR-spoligotyping membranes, etc.)





Participants:

Universidad ComplutenseDepartamento de Sanidad Animal. Facultad de Veterinaria. Universidad Complutense (UCM).

Universidad ComplutenseServicio de Micobacterias (MYC). Centro de Vigilancia Sanitaria Veterinaria (VISAVET). Universidad Complutense (UCM).


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34th Annual Congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology


34th Annual Congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology
Jun 30th - July 3rd, 2013
Florence
Italy

TITLE: European Union Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis: an useful tool towards harmonization of protocols


TYPE: Poster communication


AUTHORS: Romero B., Bezos J., Casal C., Alvarez J., Lozano F., Moya N. and de Juan L.


VISAVET PARTICIPANTS


First
Beatriz Romero Martínez
2nd
Javier Bezos Garrido
4th
Julio Álvarez Sánchez
5th
Francisco Javier Lozano Barrilero
6th
Nuria Moya Álvarez
Last
Lucía de Juan Ferré

DATE: July 1st, 2013


CITE THIS COMMUNICATION:

Romero B., Bezos J., Casal C., Alvarez J., Lozano F., Moya N. and de Juan L. European Union Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis: an useful tool towards harmonization of protocols. 34th Annual Congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology, European Society of Mycobacteriology, Florence, Italy, July 1st, 2013. (Poster communication)


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