National Reference Laboratory (NRL)


Natasa Desnica

Group Leader

Matís acts as a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004. This regulation covers official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, and establishes a network of European and National Reference laboratories. In each area of food and feed control, a European Reference Laboratory (EURL) is identified to coordinate activities in this area. They are supported by a network of National Reference laboratories (NRL) who co-ordinate activities within their own member state and contribute to the European wide activities.

The nomination of Matis as NRL is a tremendous quality recognition of Matís institutional and laboratory capacities, as the NRLs are specialist laboratories responsible for maintaining EU-wide standards for the routine testing of feed and food. Their principal role is to provide analytical and scientific support to ensure that food and feed control is carried out effectively and in a harmonised manner, across the EU member states as well as the three EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway).

Matis is currently the Icelandic National Reference laboratory for the following areas:

  • Salmonella in food
  • Monitoring of marine biotoxins
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Coagulase positive Staphylococci (including S. aureus)
  • Escherichia coli, including Verotoxigenic E. Coli (VTEC)
  • Animal proteins in feeding-stuffs
  • Residues of pesticides
  • Heavy metals in feed and food
  • Mycotoxins and plant toxins
  • Processing contaminants
  • Dioxins and Halogenated persistent organic pollutants