European Network of GMO Laboratories
The European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) is a unique platform of EU experts who play an eminent role in the development, harmonisation and standardisation of means and methods for sampling, detection, identification and quantification of genetically modified organisms or derived products in a wide variety of matrices, covering seeds, grains, food, feed and environmental samples.
The network was inaugurated in Brussels on 4 December 2002 and currently consists of 74 national enforcement laboratories, representing all 25 EU member states plus Norway. Its plenary meetings are open to particular observers, such as to representatives from acceding and candidate countries.
Members are appointed by their national competent authorities. The chairmanship of the network is under the responsibility of the Unit "Biotechnology and GMOs" of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. A steering committee, composed of one representative per member state, assists the chair in the management of ENGL.
Since 2004, ENGL provides assistance to the Community Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed, particularly with respect to the validation of analytical methods for the event-specific quantification of GMOs that are under marketing approval.