The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Regioni Lazio e Toscana (IZSLT) is a public body operating in the frame of National Health Service with duties related to animal health and welfare and food safety. Over such areas it provides services in diagnostic of animal diseases and zoonoses, microbiological, chemical and physical controls over safety of foods, food production chains and animal feed. On the same areas it performs research, epidemiological surveillance, continuous training and international cooperation activities. Services are provided to Competent Authority such as Local and Regional Veterinary and Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Border Inspection Posts, Environmental Control Bodies and other public and private stakeholders.
IZSLT covers the geographical area of the regions of Lazio and Toscana. It carry over its tasks on the regional territorial areas throughout the headquarter in Rome and the eight territorial sections in the main regional sites.
In addition to the institutional activities mentioned above, IZSLT has been appointed by the Ministry of Health for running National Reference Laboratories and by the regions of Lazio and Tuscany for laboratories of excellence based on highly specialized skills.
All laboratory services are provided according to UNI CEI EN ISO / IEC 17025 accreditation system.
The IZSLT's mission is to grant that animal health and welfare, hygiene of farms, primary productions, safety of foods and animal feed are complying with the relevant national and community legislation.
To satisfactorily fulfil its mission, the Institute carries out:
IZSLT runs several National Reference Centres (NRCs) and Laboratories (NRLs). Their duties, under Article 2 of Decree 4 Oct. 1999, are aimed at, inter alia:
NRCs and NRLs currently active at IZSLT:
Antonio Battisti, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – European College of Veterinary Public Health. Currently, head of the Diagnostic Department and Head of NRLAR within IZLT. He provides expertise to the Italian Veterinary Public Health Services in the fields of epidemiology, prevention, control and diagnosis of animal infectious diseases, zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. He is author of several scientific peer reviewed papers dealing with different aspects of antimicrobial resistance in farm animals and along the food chain, and in companion animals.