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Approved laboratories


The FASFC has a network of highly performing laboratories at its disposal, about fifty of which are external (private and public) partner laboratories. Among these laboratories are those specialized in the detection of animal diseases.  The FASFC approves these external laboratories and entrusts them with conducting analyses on behalf of the Agency. The Agency also keeps track of the deadlines and the prices of the analyses, verifies the accuracy and the reliability of the results and sees to it that the analyses methods meet the applicable standards. 

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  Office circulars

General information


08/06/2018 List of approved laboratories and analyses (Du-Fr) (v120)
20/11/2017 The list of the approved routine methods and the approved equipment for the official determination of the quality of milk (Fr)
04/05/2012 Evaluation of immunoassay kits for aflatoxin determination in corn & rice
13/12/2011 Criteria for the approval of an inhibitory substance test for screening antibiotics and sulfonamids in raw milk
24/09/2010 Evaluation of immunoassay kits for ochratoxin A determination in cereals
03/09/2009 Administrative and experimental evaluation of fast commercial test kits for the determination of deoxynivalenol in cereals

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Office circulars


31/08/2018 Analysis program 2019: application of the law on public procurement (Du-Fr) (v2)
08/08/2018 List of approved microbiological methods (Du-Fr) (v25)

   > Annex: List methods (Fr)

Screening analyzes of GMOs in animal feed as part of the FASFC analysis plan (Du-Fr)

   > Annex : Table (Du-Fr)

Communication concerning notification obligation (Du-Fr)

   > Annex : Twenty-second Conference on Food Microbiology (Fr)
31/08/2017 National Salmonella Control Plans in Poultry – Summary (v7) (Du-Fr)

   > Annex 1: Workflow Salmonella-analyse (Fr)
   > Annex 2: Note (Fr)
   > Annex 3: Template (Du-Fr)
10/02/2017 Salmonella strains isolated from carcasses of pigs and calves within the framework of self-control in 2017(Du-Fr)

   > Annex: Application form (Fr)

Call for EURL “metals and nitrogenous compounds in feed and food”, “processing contaminants”, “mycotoxins and plant toxins in feed and food” (Du-Fr)

   > Annex: Ares(2017)354557

23/12/2016 Accreditation challenge test Listeria monocytogenes (v2) (Du-Fr)

   > Annex: Data sheet

Call for a EURL Foodborne viruses (Du-Fr)

   > Annex: Ares (2016)7020574


Analyses marine toxins

18/03/2015 Performance of BTV analyses (bluetongue virus) in case of absence of reagents controlled in accordance with the MD of 03/04/2014
17/10/2014 Approval of laboratories within the context of BVD-analyses (bovine viral diarrhea)

   > Annex 1: Belgian official journal
19/09/2014 Collaboration FAPAS – BU PT Schemes

   > Annex 1: Permission to notify results of PT
23/08/2013 Publication of methods of the FASFC laboratories, the NRLs and the EU-RL

   > Annex 1: Letter Belac
05/08/2013 Detection of Cronobacter sakazakii in dried milk
13/06/2013 PT Schemes module
20/02/2013 Notification requirement
29/11/2012 Bacteriological testing of meat and testing for the detection of residues of substances with a bacteriostatic effect performed in relation to the Royal decree of 22 December 2005

   > Annex 1: Advice 25-2012
10/09/2012 Guidelines on sampling the food processing area and equipment for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes

   > Annex 1: Guidelines (En)

Approval of laboratories – Publication of the new Royal decree of 3/08/2012

   > Annex 1: Business case
   > Annex 2: RD 23/08/2012 (Ni-Fr)

02/02/2010 Retention period of samples in laboratories

   > Annex 1: List retention period

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01/08/2014 LAB P504 Notifying test results of FASFC laboratories by means of Foodlims and of external labs by means of Extlab (v5)
15/05/2017 LAB 986 Treatment of applications for the recognition of external laboratories (v1) (Fr)

> Annexe 1: Form for a recognition Request (Fr)
01/09/2009 LAB P520 Drawing up an announcement on the Allocation of Analyses in the case of a Non-Approved Laboratory (v1)

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