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The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI / Federal Research Institute for Animal Health) is the federal research institute for animal health in Germany and an independent higher federal authority under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture. Its work focusses on farm animal health and welfare and on the protection of humans from zoonoses, i.e. infections which can be transmitted between animals and humans. These tasks are defined in the Animal Health Act. The FLI performs basic and applied research in different scientific fields aiming at preventing infectious diseases as well as improving animal welfare and the production of high quality animal-based food.
According to § 27 of the Animal Health Act (TierGesG) the FLI has been designated as the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for over 70 notifiable and reportable animal infectious diseases. All reference laboratories are accredited by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) according to ISO/IEC 17025. They clarify suspected cases, consult the veterinary authorities and conduct proficiency tests or similar measures for quality assurance of animal disease diagnostics in Germany. As part of this activity, the FLI publishes a collection of official methods for sampling and testing for notifiable animal diseases, as well the annual report for animal health. The FLI hosts the Standing Committee on Veterinary Vaccines.
On the international level, the FLI has been designated as “Collaborating Centre for Zoonoses in Europe” of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Furthermore, it houses OIE reference laboratories for avian influenza, Newcastle disease, bovine herpesvirus-1 infection, brucellosis, chlamydiosis, glanders, and rabies. A “Collaborating Centre for Rabies Surveillance and Research” of the World Health Organization (WHO) is also located at the FLI. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated the FLI as Reference Centre for Influenza in Animals and Newcastle Disease of Poultry as well as for Classical Swine Fever.
Institute contacts Name Contact email Representative Heinrich Neubauer Heinrich.Neubauer@fli.de Institute Representative Christian Menge Christian.Menge@fli.de Institute Representative Martin Beer Martin.Beer@fli.de Institute Representative Franz Conraths email@example.com Institute Representative Jens Schell Jens.Schell@fli.de Scientific Representative