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Training sessions

According EURL mandates, training sessions are first intended for NRLs. On request and after agreement of DG Sanco sessions can be open to other EU or foreign institutions. Trainings are organised according a standard canvas which is adapted to the participants’ knowledge level and expertise. An optimal balance between theory and practice is achieved by the alternation of lectures and exercises. Sessions are organised for light microscopy and PCR.

Light microscopy

Both aspects of the official microscopic method are studied: the sample preparation including the sedimentation, and the microscopic observation on its own.

Each training session is supported by :

  • Theoretical and practical notes
  • Sets of pure ingredients (meat and bone meals, fish meals, hairs...) and adulterated feed samples. The set also contains several blind samples and blanks
  • Sets of permanent slides realised by the EURL-AP
  • PowerPoint presentations with animations
  • Excellent stereomicroscopes and research microscopes for each participant (for sessions at EURL-AP facilities)
  • Free access to the sample collection (for sessions at EURL-AP facilities) and on-line micrographs collection of the EURL-AP
  • The presence of one expert trainers per two participants (sessions are limited to a maximum of four participants)  

Each participant receives at the end of a training session a certificate of participation for its accreditation system.

On the 2007-08 period a mandatory training program was set up by the EURL-AP for the NRL network. In this way each NRL had the opportunity to gain skills and to enhance its expertise in PAPs detection by the official method. At present a continuous formation program is proposed when needed if some performance failure arises or simply on request of NRLs when new people join their control teams.


As for light microscopy, PCR training sessions are proposed to the NRLs since 2011. Adequate training support including notes, presentations, laboratory visits, and equipment review is offered to the participants. Demonstrations by experienced professionals on different PCR platforms are provided for the technical part of the sessions. First PCR trainings were giving priority to NRLs that needed to acquire new expertise in this field.

The next training sessions were already organised

At EURL-AP facilities :

June 2007 LM Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary 6 persons
July 2007 LM Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia 4 persons
December 2008 LM Denmark, Estonia, France, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Luxemburg, Germany 9 persons
February 2009 LM Belgium, Italy, the Nederlands, Cyprus, Greece, United Kingdom 7 persons
December 2010 PCR Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia 6 persons
January 2011 LM Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland 4 persons
February 2011 PCR Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland 5 persons
February 2011 LM Germany, Portugal, Romania 3 persons
June 2011 LM Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland 3 persons
September 2011 PCR Austria, Spain, Poland, Lithuania 4 persons
October 2011 PCR Slovenia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia 4 persons
February 2012 LM France, Ireland 2 persons
June 2012 LM Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Croatia 3 persons
January 2013 PCR Bulgaria, Romania 2 persons
February 2013 LM France, Latvia, Sweden 3 persons
September 2013 LM Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Spain 4 persons
September 2013 PCR Croatia, Belgium 2 persons

On Site :

January 2008 LM Romania 3 persons
May 2008 LM for SafeedPAP project : Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, Ukraine 15 persons
October 2008 LM Bulgaria 4 persons
April 2009 LM Spain 2 persons
September 2009 LM Latvia 3 persons
June 2010 LM Czech Republic 4 persons
November 2010 LM United Kingdom 3 persons
October 2013 LM & PCR Czech Republic 6 persons