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The shellfish scheme provides external quality assessment samples for laboratories that examine raw bivalve molluscs from harvesting sites in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 854/2004 and from the production chain between harvest and consumption, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 and subsequent amendments.
The scheme is organised in collaboration with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Weymouth, UK. Articles 32 and 33 of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 defines the roles of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) and national reference laboratories (NRL). These roles include responsibility for organising comparative testing of methods.