Assistance

One of the main activity of the EURL is "to assist actively in the diagnosis of disease outbreaks in Member States by receiving pathogens isolates for confirmatory diagnosis, characterisation and epizootic studies" and therefore the EURL is involved in investigations and diagnosis of different cases on request of European NRLs. As the OIE reference laboratory for Bonamiosis or Marteiliosis diseases the EURL can also assist diagnostic laboratories from third countries.

 
: If you need reference material like paraffin blocks, histological slides or preserved tissue for molecular analysis techniques, please go the Request page in the "Reference Material" section.

Requesting assistance

If you need assistance in testing material for a suspected disease, fill in the application/pdf Assistance Request Form. Please send the form before sending any material to EURL. Wait until we contact you.

: When completing the form, please enter the geographic coordinates of the sampling area in the WGS84 standard like the following example:

  • Latitude: 45,480828N
  • Longitude: 01,105529W

Packing and sending the material

To be sure that the material will reach our laboratory in good condition, please respect the following advices on how to correctly pack the items. Don't forget to put a paper explaining the content inside the parcel you are sending to us. Our address is:

Ifremer
EURL for mollusc diseases
Av. de Mus de Loup
17390 La Tremblade
FRANCE

Fixed tissue for histology

Remove the tissue from the fixative and wrap it in a piece of paper towel, then put it in a plastic bag with double-track zipper. Do not forget to put a label on each bag. Put all the bags inside a bigger plastic bag to be sure that no liquid can leak. Finally put this last bag together with polystyrene chips in the parcel you are sending.

Paraffin blocks

Wrap the paraffin blocks in paper towel to protect the side with tissue. Put the blocks in a plastic bag. Finally put the bag protected by polystyrene chips in the parcel you are sending.

Histological slides

Put the slides in a slide jar or slide mailer or a small slide storage box depending on the number of slides you want to send. Be sure to wedge the slides with paper towel if needed. Put the first box in a second one and wedge it with polystyrene chips or paper. Finally put the second box together with polystyrene chips in the parcel you are sending.

Fixed tissue for molecular biology

Put the small tissue pieces with the fixative (e.g. 80% alcohol) in microtube or tube equiped with screw cap with silicone seal. Eventually use Parafilm® to reinforce the sealing. Do not forget to put a label on each tube. Put the tubes in a plastic bag with double-track zipper. Finally put the bag protected by polystyrene chips in the parcel you are sending.