Presentation of the EURL for Molluscs Diseases

European Union Reference Laboratory

 The Ifremer Unit ASIM Adaptation et Santé des Invertébrés Marins (previously nammed LGPMM Laboratory for Genetics and Pathology of Marine Molluscs) in La Tremblade has been appointed as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for mollusc diseases since December 1995. Responsabilities and tasks of the EURL are given in Article 94 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 (see the page "Main activities"). These duties cover diseases of molluscs as listed in the Regulation 2018/429, Annex II. The work programme of each European Union Reference Laboratory is updated annually by the European Commission.

OIE Reference Laboratory

 The ASIM Unit 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 ASIM, Av. de Mus de Loup, 17390 La Tremblade, FRANCE