Proficiency tests in histopathology

Organisation

The European Union Reference Laboratory regularly organises proficiency tests for the detection of the listed and/or exotic parasites by means of histology. The goal of these proficiency tests is to establish that the examination of a given sample lead to the same conclusions in any laboratory within the European National Reference Laboratories network. Testing is based on an itinerant collection of hematoxylin and eosin stained histological sections of molluscs. Each participant receives slides with the name of the host species and has one week to read them and gives their results to the EURL. When all laboratories have read slides, a statistical analysis of the results is performed, based on the test of symetry (p value) and the kappa coefficient (k value). Subsequently, each participant receives a report on the test with identification of the content of the slides, and a summary of the results of all laboratories. The participants are informed of their own laboratory code number and are thus able to compare their performance with that of other laboratories.

European proficiency tests already organised in histopathology

Year

Host

Pathogens

1998

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia ostreae, Marteilia refringens

2001

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia ostreae, Marteilia refringens

Crassostrea gigas

Mikrocytos mackini,
Marteilioides chungmuensis

Crassostrea virginica

Haplosporidium nelsoni, H. costale, Perkinsus marinus

Ruditapes philippinarum

Perkinsus olseni

Saccostrea commercialis

Mikrocytos roughleyii

2002-2003

Crassostrea gigas

Mikrocytos mackini

Haplosporidium nelsoni

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia ostreae

Marteilia refringens

Mytilus edulis

Marteilia refringens

Ruditapes philippinarum

Perkinsus olseni

 2005

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia ostreae, Marteilia refringens

Crassostrea gigas

Mikrocytos mackini,
Marteilioides chungmuensis,
Haplosporidium nelsoni

2007

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia ostreae, Marteilia refringens

Crassostrea virginica

Haplosporidium nelsoni, H. costale, Perkinsus marinus

Crassostrea gigas

Mikrocytos mackini, Haplosoridium nelsoni

2009

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia sp., Marteilia sp.

Crassostrea gigas, C. virginica

Perkinsus sp., Mikrocytos sp., Haplosporidium sp.

2012

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia sp., Marteilia sp.

Crassostrea gigas, C. virginica

Perkinsus sp., Mikrocytos sp., Haplosporidium sp.

2014

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia sp., Marteilia sp.

Crassostrea gigas, C. virginica

Perkinsus sp., Mikrocytos sp.

Mytilus edulis, M. galloprovincialis

Marteilia sp.

Ruditapes philippinarum, R. decussatus

Perkinsus sp., Mikrocytos sp.

2016

Ostrea edulis

Bonamia sp., Marteilia sp.

Crassostrea gigas, C. virginica

Perkinsus sp., Mikrocytos sp., Marteilia sp.

Mytilus edulis, M. galloprovincialis

Marteilia sp.

Ruditapes philippinarum, R. decussatus

Perkinsus sp., Mikrocytos sp., Marteilia sp.

2018 Histopathology proficency test

A new Inter Laboratory Comparison (ILC) test is organised in 2018 in order to test the competency of participants regarding the detection by histopathology of the following pathogens : Bonamia sp., Marteilia sp., Perkinsus sp. and Mikrocytos sp.

The test include one set of 30 histological slides (Part 1) and 20 scanned slides ( Part 2):

Part 1: 10 scanned H&E stained histological sections of flat oysters Ostrea edulis (the same as in part 2), and 10 scanned H&E stained histological sections of mussels Mytilus spp.

Part 2: 10 H&E stained histological sections of flat oysters Ostrea edulis (the same as in part 1); 10 H&E stained histological sections of oysters Crassostrea virginica or Crassostrea gigas ; 10 H&E stained histological sections of clams Ruditapes decussatus or Ruditapes philippinarum

Remark : In order to  continue evaluating the ability of participants to detect marine mollusc pathogens using mScope®, participants were invited to read 10 scanned H&E stained histological sections of flat oysters Ostrea edulis which are also included in the itinerant slide collection.

Planning:

Announcement : 14th of May 2018

Deadline for registration: 14th of June 2018

Expected starting date: 6th of August 2018

More information available in the NRL's section > Proficiency test page (access limited to the European NRLs by login and password).