INTRODUCTION

The Entomology and Invasive Plants Unit of ANSES Plant Health Laboratory (Montpellier, France) and the Institute for Sustainable Plant Production of AGES (Vienna, Austria) are in charge of the activities of the EURL for Insects and Mites. They have an extensive experience in the identification of regulated and invasive pests which can cause severe damage to plants. The consortium can rely on a broad knowledge in the morphological identification of Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera and Acari. Molecular diagnostics (e.g. DNA barcoding and pest-specific PCR assays) complement the morphological identification and allow the accurate identification, especially of life stages that are difficult to identify by morphological characteristics.

They conduct their activities under quality assurance regime and are accredited according to the EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard for testing and analysis. Moreover, ANSES is accredited according to the EN ISO/IEC 17043 standard for the coordination of inter-laboratories Proficiency Testing.

They comply strictly with all the International, European and National regulations and legislations regarding Plant Health.