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Published on 26/05/2014

Other international activities

Last update: 20 November 2014


The laboratory is:

  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Management in zoonosis control since September 1983,
  • OIE Reference Laboratory for rabies since June 1991,
  • European Union Reference Laboratory for rabies serology since March 2000,
  • European Union Reference Laboratory for rabies since July 2008.

The laboratory provides scientific and technical support at the European level (European Commission, EDQM, EFSA), to international organizations (OIE, WHO) through numerous activities. The laboratory works closely to the National Reference Laboratories and their competent authorities for defining the strategy and the organization of oral vaccination programmes, as well as for establishing the surveillance and the monitoring of the disease (incidence of rabies, assessment of bait uptake and of rabies immunity both in adult and young target animals).

The laboratory ensures training activities in the frame of its own programmes, within the limit of its possibilities and collaborates in the preparation and distribution of teaching materials.

Biological reference material and laboratory services are available on request to help international laboratories to develop their own rabies surveillance and monitoring systems, as well as any other laboratory services.

The rabies laboratory's experts provide scientific and technical assistance, advice and training for Member States and third countries. They are also involved in technical studies for improving and adapting existing diagnostic, serological and molecular biology methods.


Current projects




ICONZ (FP7-KBBE-2007-1-3-09) Integrated control of neglected Zoonoses: Improving human health and animal production through scientific innovation and public engagement.

ICONZ is a consortium of 22 partners from 18 countries. The project focuses on the neglected zoonoses found in Africa and contributes to the improvement of animal and human health. Neglected zoonoses such as anthrax, rabies, brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, zoonotic trypanosomiasis, echinococcosis, cysticercosis and leishmaniasis are the targeted diseases are being currently investigated. The ultimate objective is to develop and promote integrated controls for neglected zoonoses in developing countries.




Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses with Pandemic Potential using Multidisciplinary Approaches.

The project is studying four representative RNA viruses with potential for crossing the species barrier (influenza viruses, Hepatitis E virus, Japanese encephalitis virus and related flaviviruses, as well as lyssaviruses), especially those causing rabies.

The project involves the participation of veterinary and public health scientists from 17 European institutes.

The main objective is to investigate in depth the interactions between the virus and its host to determine the factors linked to the emergence of the diseases.


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