Labs owning dPCR and susceptible to participate to JRC stability studies

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the validated PCR methods for the detection of ruminant, pig and poultry DNA in feed need the determination of a specific cut-off for each PCR platform used for that purpose. The determination of the cut-off is based on the use of calibrants at well-defined copy numbers provided by JRC. To insure the quality of the calibrants, JRC organizes characterisation studies during which the copy numbers concentrations of the calibrants are determined by different labs using different digital (chamber or droplet) PCR platforms. Also regular stability studies are organised for which digital PCR measurements are needed.

JRC would like to extend its panel of labs participating to these studies and asked to EURL-AP to diffuse this call.

Labs using digital PCR and interested to participate to the studies organised by JRC can visit the webpage Participation in CRM projects – Certified Reference Materials catalogue of the JRC ( for more information.

Thank you for your interest and support,

Best regards,

13th EURL-AP annual workshop 2019 in Switzerland

This year, our annual workshop will take place in Fribourg (Switzerland) from 7th May to 8th May 2019. Announcement has already been included in the December 2018 newsletter and official invitation to the network is now available on the intranet.



Involved in the eradication of transmis­sible spongiform encephalopathies such as mad cow disease, The mission of the EURL-AP focuses on the detection and identification of pro­hibited animal proteins in livestock feed. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, a day dedicated to the topic of “Animal protein in feed, a solution towards autonomy and sustainability?” was organised on 22 September at the Palais des Congrès in Na­mur. This event provided the opportunity to evaluate the activities of the EURLAP but also to bring up the challenges and possibilities in this area. Various first-hand accounts helped to illustrate the interac­tions between the EURL-AP and the Euro­pean Commission and the 27 national reference laboratories, and with other stakeholders, particularly the agro-food industry, in order to achieve harmonious and effective monitoring of legislation. The presentations delivered that day can be viewed the links below.

Welcome – Gilbert Berben (EURL-AP Director, CRA-W)

Short overview of CRA-W – René Poismans (General Director, CRA-W)

The EU needs the EURL-AP : The EURL-AP support to official controls and economic growth – Eric Thévenard (DG Sante, EU Commission)

Ten years in a nutshell with some history and figures – Vincent Baeten (EURL-AP Deputy Director, CRA-W)

EURL-AP  and Italian NRL-AP: a long lasting relationship – Daniela Marchis (Head of the Italian NRL-AP)

Experience with methods for species detection and identification – Pieter Dercks (EFPRA, Darling Ingredients International)

Detection of processed animal proteins: Milestones towards fit-for-purpose methods – Christoph von Holst (JRC Geel, EU Commission)

Future of protein sourcing for feed use: promises and challenges for the EU feed industry – Arnaud Bouxin (Deputy Secretary General, FEFAC)

Opportunities and Constraints for Farming INSECTS to feed livestock and pet animals: a global overview – Paul Vantomme (FAO)

Lessons learned in Belgium : Their influence on our views of the future of animal products in feed – Christophe Keppens (Belgian Food Safety Agency)

Conclusions and acknowledgements – Pierre Dardenne (Head of Department, CRA-W)

EURL-AP PT PCR 2015 : report form (version Excel 2010) available

Dear NRL Colleagues,

The Excel file containing the instructions, report form and summary is available for download on the intranet document library. Two versions of the document are available: Excel 97-2003 and Excel 2010. Be free to use the most convenient file for you. We wish you a succesful participation.

9th EURL-AP Annual Workshop in Ireland (first announcement)

This year the NRL network will meet from 21 until 23 April 2015 in Celbridge, Ireland. Participation for EU Member States is mandatory. Detailed information and agenda will be posted on the intranet. NRL members are asked to book these dates.

8th EURL-AP Annual Workshop in Riga (Latvia)

This year the NRL network will meet on the 21 and 22 May 2014 in Riga. Participation for EU Member States is mandatory. Detailed information and agenda will be posted on the intranet.

Short course on contaminants in feed and food

The short course will be hosted on 19-22 November 2013 by the Valorisation of Agricultural Products Department (Henseval building) of the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) in Gembloux.