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European Union Reference Laboratory for Staphylococci


On May 2006, the European Commission officially designated the ANSES Laboratory for Food Safety location Maisons-Alfort, as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Coagulase Positive Staphylococci.

Regulation (EU) No 2017/625 defines the role and duties of the European Union Reference Laboratories. The EURL for feed and food shall be responsible for the proper use by the National Reference Laboratories (NRL) of the methods set down in the Commission Regulations. Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 lays down the microbiological criteria for Coagulase Positive Staphylococci.

  • Duties of the EURL for Coagulase Positive Staphylococci
    • providing analytical methods
    • coordinating the application of methods by organising comparative testing
    • coordinating arrangements for new methods and providing information about advances
    • conducting training courses
    • providing scientific and technical assistance to the European Commission
    • collaborating with third countries

Main partner

Directorate - General for Health and Consumers


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Due to their scientific and technical proficiency in the areas of animal health, public health and livestock research, the European Union Reference Laboratories (EURLs) have been designated and, without prejudice to any other relevant European legislation, are referred to in Commission Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 modified by Regulation (EC) No 776/2006.

Analytical reference method prescibed by the Reg. (EC) No 2073/2005 for enterotoxins detection:

  • European Screening Method of the EURL for CPS on the “Intralaboratory Detection of staphylococcal enterotoxins types SEA to SEE in all types of food matrices” - version 5 (pdf)

Confirmation step for the enumeration of Coagulase Positive Staphylococci, EN ISO 6888-1:

  • Study of an alternative to the confirmation step of the Standard EN ISO 6888-1 for enumeration of coagulase-positive staphylococci (BP agar) - version 1 (pdf)

EURL in house method for the detection and quantification of staphylococcal enterotoxin type A in all types of food matrices by the ELISA method after extraction and dialysis concentration: