Finnish Food Authority designates official laboratories according to regulation EU 2017/625 and national acts (Food Act, Feed Act, Animal Diseases Act, Act on Animal By-products and Plant Health Act). Official laboratories are allowed to carry out the laboratory analyses, tests and diagnoses on samples taken during official controls and other official activities. Designated official laboratories are mainly commercial laboratories with private or public ownership. Finnish Food Authority (Laboratory and research division) acts as an official laboratory in the sector of animal diseases and plant health and is designated in the national legislation (Animal Diseases Act and Plant Health Act).
National reference laboratories in accordance with EU 2017/625 are designated and their duties determined by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Read more about the national reference laboratories. The national reference laboratories can carry out the testing of official samples according to national acts.
Laboratories testing statutory own-check samples of food, feed, animal diseases or animal by-products are designated as own-check laboratories by Finnish Food Authority according to national acts. Also a laboratory located in another Member State can be designated.