Every year the EURL-Fish is involved in different activities that aim to harmonize and coordinate the diagnostic activities for fish diseases and to strengthen and boost capacities of the National Reference Laboratory network in the EU.
The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Fish Diseases was established at the National Veterinary Institute in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1995. The main activities are:
1) Inter-laboratory proficiency tests: Annually proficiency tests are delivered by the EURL to all NRLs in Europe. This test assess the capacity of the laboratory to detect, quantify and identify exotic and non-exotic listed fish diseases.
2) Survey and Diagnosis: A questionnaire aiming at collating information on the fish health situation and the aquaculture production in Europe is prepared and delivered to the NRL network. Data collected are analyzed and reported.
3) Annual Meetings: Representatives, scientists and relevant stakeholders from all EU Member States and associated countries take part in a 2 day workshop where the European fish disease situation is presented, scientific update on relevant topics is provided, relevant issues concerning implementation of legislation are discussed and activities and working plan for the EURL is discussed.
4) Training courses: are provided in order to share knowledge on diagnostic capacities in all laboratories. Networking, knowledge exchange and technique sharing within the NRL network are highly improved by such opportunities.
5) www.fishpathogens.eu: This database is the only one available in Europe that merges biomolecular features of aetiological agents and epidemiological information of fish disease pathogens.