Call for EU reference laboratories to Member States

In July 2022, the European Commission opened its call for Member States to submit applications for EU reference laboratories. The call is for EU Member States as well as for Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Turkey. EU Reference Laboratories (EURLs) are scientific laboratories within the European Union designed to ensure the safety and compliance of IVDs with the IVD Regulation. In fact, this is one of the most relevant changes that the new In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR) brought.

Requirements and Applications

The criteria for the EU Reference Laboratories include, among others, requirements for staff, equipment used, standards and best practices, administrative organization, public interest, and confidentiality.

Some of the areas from which Laboratories can apply are:

  • Hepatitis and retroviruses
  • Bacterial agents
  • Respiratory viruses that cause life-threatening diseases
  • Parasites
  • Blood grouping

The deadline for Member States to submit nominations for EURLs to the Commission is March 31, 2023. Some EU Member States have published instructions on how to apply.


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