The NVI has overall diagnostic responsibility for a number of animal diseases, infectious agents and analytes from animals, food
The NVI became accredited in April 1998 and has ever since worked continuously in maintaining and evolving a uniform quality system for the entire
A digital pricelist is currently developed, and when ready, all accredited methods will be marked with a star.
National Reference Laboratory (NRL)
The NVI is NRL for about 30 different topics in fish and animal diseases, antibiotic resistance, pathogens in feed and food (such as Salmonella and Listeria), parasites, mycotoxins and GMOs. Many activities at NVI originate from these NRL functions.
NRLs play an important role in ensuring compliance with EU regulations on official control of feed and food, animal health and animal welfare. The Regulations require that analyses carried out in official control comply with the given quality requirements. In order to verify compliance with these quality requirements, each EU and EFTA member state designates one or more
The purpose of NRLs is to harmonise analytical work in order to achieve comparable results of high quality.
Norwegian laboratories have to forward samples/isolates to NVI for verification/confirmation of infectious agents under the NRL responsibility
For the NRL area of competence, the NVI is responsible for coordinating activities and keeping up to date with the epidemiological situation in the country.
- More about NRL
- collaborate with EURL (attend
workshop, method development, comparative tests)
- coordinate, for their area of competence, the activities of laboratories that
analysesamples taken for official control and according to regulation verify positive findings / confirm diagnosis
- where appropriate,
organisecomparative tests and ensure follow-ups on the results
- ensure the dissemination of information from
EURLto the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and to laboratories that analysesamples taken for official control
- assist the Norwegian Food Safety Authority with scientific and technical assistance in the planning and implementation of surveillance programs.
- collaborate with EURL (attend
- Contact persons for diseases / infectious agents/analytes
Email addresses for the NRL contact persons along with information about which laboratory is the EURL for the area of competence are given below:
Animal diseases and animal welfare
- Fish diseases - email@example.com - DTU, Denmark
- Bivalve mollusc diseases - firstname.lastname@example.org - Ifremer Laboratory, France
- Crustacean diseases - email@example.com - Cefas, Weymouth Laboratory, UK
- Swine vesicular disease - firstname.lastname@example.org - Inst. für Virologie der Tierärztlichen Hochschule, Germany
- African swine fever - email@example.com - Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, Spain
- Swine vesicular disease - firstname.lastname@example.org - Inst. for Animal Health, Pirbright, UK
- Avian influenza - email@example.com -CVL, Weybridge, UK
- Newcastle disease - firstname.lastname@example.org - CVL, Weybridge, UK
- African horse sickness - email@example.com - Laboratorio de
sanidady produccionanimal, Spain
- Other diseases in horses - firstname.lastname@example.org - AFSSA, Maisons-Alfort, France
- Bluetongue - email@example.com - Inst. for Animal Health, Pirbright, UK
- Foot-and-mouth disease - firstname.lastname@example.org - Inst. for Animal Health, Pirbright, UK
- Bovine tuberculosis - email@example.com - VISAVET, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Brucellosis - firstname.lastname@example.org - AFSSA Maisons-Alfort, France
TSE - email@example.com - VLA, UK
- Rabies - firstname.lastname@example.org - AFSSA, Nancy, France
- Rabies vaccination - email@example.com - AFSSA, Nancy, France
- Anthrax – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peste des
petitsruminants in livestock - email@example.com – CIRAD, Montpellier, France
- Lumpy skin disease – firstname.lastname@example.org – CODA-CERVA, Belgium
Feed and food
- Milk and milk products - email@example.com
- Zoonoses (Salmonella) - firstname.lastname@example.org - RIVM, The Netherlands
- Listeria monocytogenes - email@example.com - AFFSA, France
- Coagulase positive Staphylococci, including
Staphylococccusaureus - firstname.lastname@example.org - AFFSA, France
- E. coli (
inkludertVTEC) - email@example.com - ISS, Italy
- Campylobacter - firstname.lastname@example.org - SVA, Sweden
- Parasites - email@example.com - ISS, Italy
- Antimicrobial resistance - firstname.lastname@example.org - DTU, Denmark
- TSE - email@example.com - VLA, UK
- GMO - firstname.lastname@example.org - JRC, EC, Belgium
- Mycotoxins and plant toxins - email@example.com - WUR, the Netherlands
NRL coordinator at NVI is Hilde Skår Norli.
- NRL requisition form
Form for submission of bacterial cultures to NRL for testing/ verification of strains with suspicion of:
- Salmonella spp.
- Campylobacter spp.
- E. coli
- Listeria spp.
- Brucella spp.
- Coagulase Positive Staphylococci
- Staphylococcus enterotoxins
- Any others
Download the NRL requisition form (in Norwegian only)
OIE Reference Centers
NVI is OIE Reference Laboratory on Chronic Wasting Disease and for infections with Gyrodactylosis salaris, Infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV) and Salmonid alpha virus (SAV). Each infection has a dedicated expert. In addition, NVI is also an OIE Collaborating center for Epidemiology and Risk Assessment of Aquatic Animal Diseases.
OIE is a World Organisation for Animal Health and is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. The OIE Reference Laboratories are designated to collaborate with member countries around the world to confirm diagnoses and exchange knowledge in diagnostics, disease education and epidemiology. The requirements are described in the OIE Terms of Reference.
In addition, NVI has an appointed OIE Focal Point on wildlife, who acts as an expert assistant to the Chief Veterinary Officer and a national contact point for OIE in professional issues within the area of competence.
- Contact persons for OIE Reference Centers at NVI
- Chronic Wasting Disease - Sylvie Benestad
- Epidemiology and Risk Assessment of Aquatic Animal Disease - Saraya Tavornpanich
salaris- Haakon Hansen
- Infectious salmon anemia (ILA) - Knut Falk
- Pancreas Disease (PD) - Torun Taksdal
Focalpoint for laboratory - Jorun Jarp Focalpoint for wildlife - Knut Madslien
For any questions regarding NVI’s quality system and accreditation, please contact Quality Manager Kerstin Nordby.