European Union Reference Laboratory
The Ifremer Laboratory for Genetics and Pathology of Marine Molluscs in La Tremblade ( LGPMM: Laboratoire de Génétique et Pathologie des Mollusques Marins) has been appointed as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for mollusc diseases since December 1995. Functions and duties of the EURL are given in Part I of the Annex VI of the Directive 2006/088/EC (see the page "Main activities"). These duties cover diseases of molluscs as listed in the Directive 2006/88/EC, annex IV, part II. The work programme of each European Union Reference Laboratory is updated annually by the European Commission.
OIE Reference Laboratory
The LGPMM is also Reference Laboratory of the OIE (Office International des Epizooties = World Organisation for Animal Health) for bonamiosis and marteiliosis diseases.
OIE Reference Laboratories are designated by the OIE to pursue all the scientific and technical problems relating to a named disease on the OIE lists. The role of a Reference Laboratory is to function as a centre of expertise and standardisation of diagnostic techniques for its designated disease. The experts of the laboratory provide scientific and technical assistance and expert advice on topics linked to surveillance and control of the disease for which the Reference Laboratory is responsible. The laboratory may also provide scientific and technical training for personnel from Member Countries, and coordinate scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organisations
The Ifremer research station is close to the estuary of the Seudre river in Marennes-Oléron area (picture: O. Dugornay, Ifremer).
Address: Ifremer LGPMM, Av. de Mus de Loup, 17390 La Tremblade, FRANCE