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IZSLT

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.

Mission

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:

  • Diagnostic service over animal diseases and zoonoses, as well as analytical investigations and scientific support needed by veterinary public health actions and contingency plans implementation.
  • tests and investigations and the provision of scientific and technical support to veterinary and public health services of Local Health Units for official controls on animals, food and animal feed, in the frame of Regulation 882/2004.
  • any laboratory test aiming at determining the clinical and welfare status of animals kept for any purpose;
  • technical and scientific support to the action on veterinary drug- monitoring;
  • Experimental research in the field of animal health and welfare, food safety and hygiene of farming and livestock products;
  • Studies on animal welfare and development and application of alternatives to the use of animal experimental models;
  • studies, experiments and production technologies and techniques needed to monitor the safety of food of animal origin and animal feed;
  • Scientific and technological cooperation with the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and other national and international research institutes;
  • Epidemiological surveillance on animal health and food safety, on health of livestock and livestock products, on environmental factors affecting the above
  • Checks on the health risks linked to the animals and animal products;
  • Support, technical assistance and hygiene information to manufacturers of food of animal origin for the improvement of hygiene in productions;
  • The production of culture media, vaccines, autovaccines and laboratory diagnostics for the improvement of the livestock sector.

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:

  • Confirm, when needed, the diagnosis resulted at other laboratories; - Keep and provide when needed reference materials;
  • Develop the standardization of analytical methods,
  • perform appropriate proficiency tests among the other Institutes,
  • Use and disseminate the official analysis methods,
  • Prepare contingency, monitoring and surveillance plans
  • Co-operate with other Community and international reference centres.
  • provide assistance and information to Ministry of Health

NRCs and NRLs currently active at IZSLT:

  • NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR FORENSIC VETERINARY MEDICINE
  • NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
  • NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANEMIA
  • NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
  • NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR EQUINE DISEASES
  • NATIONAL REFERENCE CENTRE FOR OVINE AND CAPRINE MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS QUALITY



Personnel Involved

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.