The first CRL- Campylobacter workshop was held 23- 25 October 2006 in Uppsala, Sweden.
Representatives from the National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) for Campylobacter in the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland participated. Experts from the European Commission (EC) Services and the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) presented Commission activities in the field of zoonoses control, the role of CRLs and informed about drafted baseline studies on Campylobacter in broilers and broiler meat. NRLs gave presentations on national Campylobacter programmes and their own laboratories´ Campylobacter activities. The CRL informed about ongoing and planned work programmes for the CRL and the NRLs were encouraged to contact and frequently communicate with the CRL regarding issues on Campylobacter analyses. A European network of reference laboratories for Campylobacter has been established. The CRL and NRLs will work together for the implementation of harmonised and validated analytical methods in accordance with EC regulation for official controls.