EURL activities for the current working period (2019 - 2020) are classified in four groups:

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To ensure availability and use of high quality methods and to ensure high quality performance by NRLs. 

Sub-activity 1.1 EURL will provide NRLs with details and guidance on the methods, on the methods of laboratory analysis, testing or diagnosis, including reference methods. 

Sub-activity 1.2 Providing reference materials (fungal and oomycete strains and DNA) available to NRLs upon request.

Sub-activity 1.3 Organization of inter laboratory proficiency tests.

Sub-activity 1.4 Production and validation of diagnostic methods for the detection of regulated or emerging fungi and oomycetes.

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To provide scientific and technical assistance to the European Commission (EC) and other organizations.

Sub-activity 2.1 Scientific and technical assistance to the EC on all aspects on fungi and oomycetes regarding to laboratory activities of diagnostic carried out by NRLs.

Sub-activity 2.2 Collaboration with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and third countries.

Sub-activity 2.3 Assistance to EC in case of disease outbreaks and emergency diagnosis of fungal and oomycete diseases.

 

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To provide scientific and technical assistance to NRLs.

Sub-activity 3.1 Information on advances in diagnostic methods.

Sub-activity 3.2 Organization of annual training courses to NRLs staff, and other official laboratories and experts from third countries.

Sub-activity 3.3 Updating NRLs about the latest research on fungal diseases, discuss technical questions and ensure international cooperation within NRLs.

Sub-activity 3.4 Improving skills of the EURL staff, to ensure maintenance of professional skills and a high level of competence.

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To provide a reference collection of fungal and oomycete isolates and a list of reagents.

Sub-activity 4.1 Coordinating or performing tests for the validation and verification of reagents used in diagnostic activities by NRLs.

Sub-activity 4.2 Establishing an EURL reference collection of fungal and oomycete strains available to NRLs upon request, as a support to their activities.

Sub-activity 4.3 Preparation of an up-to-date list about reagents and suppliers validated in the original diagnostic protocols, available through the EURL website.