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Inter-EURLs Working Group on Next Generation Sequencing

This page provides information and documents generated by the Inter-European Union Reference Laboratories Working Group on Next Generation Sequencing.

The Inter-European Union Reference Laboratories (EURLs) Working Group (WG) has been established by the European Commission with the aim to promote the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) across the EURLs' networks, build NGS capacity within the EU and ensure liaison with the work of the EURLs and the work of EFSA and ECDC European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on the NGS mandate sent by the Commission. The WG includes all the EURLs operating in the field of the microbiological contamination of food and feed and is coordinated by the EURL European Union Reference Laboratory for E. coli.

The documents are meant to provide guidance to the laboratories in the area of application of NGS and have been produced by the working group with the aim of being diffused to all the networks of NRLs National Reference Laboratories  .

Links to these documents at the respective curators' websites can be found below.

Conferences and seminars

Webinar: 'Proficiency Tests on Next Generation Sequencing: approaches in use at the European Union Reference Laboratories' (September 29, 2023)​​
This event, organized by the Inter EURLs WG on NGS, aimed at presenting the approaches used by EURLs AMR, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and VTEC for Proficiency Tests on NGS, to share experiences learnt and serve as guidelines for the organization of Proficiency Tests on NGS at the Member State level.

"Science meets Policy" conference 2023: Using Next Generation Sequencing to tackle foodborne threats (September 5-6, 2023)​​.

"Science meets Policy" conference 2020: 'Modern technologies to enable response to crises: Next Generation Sequencing to tackle food-borne diseases (September 25, 2020)​​ - find presentations below.

Last updated : 2023-11-09