In 1992, the European Commission offically designated the Central Laboratory of Food Hygiene (now know as Laboratory for Food Safety of French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, ANSES) as the Community Reference Laboratory (now called European Union Reference Laboratory, EURL) for Milk and Milk Products. This mandate was confirmed by Regulation (EC) Nr 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.
The activities of the EURL are handled by ANSES's Laboratory for food safety.
Commission Regulation (EC) Nr 882/2004 defines the role and duties of the European Union Reference Laboratories. The EURL for feed and food shall be responsible for the proper use by the National Reference Laboratories (NRL) of the methods set down in the relevant Commission Regulations. The Regulation (EC) Nr 1664/2006 amending Regulation (EC) Nr 2074/2005 lays down the testing methods for raw milk and heat-treated milk.
Accroding to Regulation Nr 882/2004, the duties of the EURL are the following: