The National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) was established in 1945 as a scientific unit of the Ministry of Agriculture. On the basis of the Government Order of 21 October 2003, the NVRI obtained the Status of the State Research Institute.

The major mission of the Institute is applied research in veterinary medicine with particular emphasis on the diagnosis and control of animal infectious diseases including zoonoses as well as the hygiene and toxicology of food of animal origin and feeding stuffs.

Additionally, the Institute evaluates the quality of diagnostic kits, performs batch release of IVMP and it runs postgraduate trainings and courses for specialists in different fields of veterinary medicine. It provides the expertise and consultancy service for the veterinary administration and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Important task of the NVRI mission is also the monitoring of epidemiological situation in the country with respect to animal diseases and food safety.

The Institute acts as the National Reference Laboratory for infectious diseases of animals and xenobiotics in food of animal origin and feeding stuffs (138 directions). The NVRI is involved in International cooperation with World Animal Health Organization (OIE) within the scope of OIE reference laboratories for classical swine fever, PRRS, Q-fever and enzootic bovine leukemia.

Institute's scientific achievements are presented in the form of publications, instructions, and lectures at conferences and seminars. The Institute issues the quarterly "Journal of Veterinary Research" (5-year Impact Factor 1.009) in which original papers on all aspects of the veterinary medicine and related disciplines from all over the world are published.

The Institute is authorised to confer the degrees of doctor of science (ScD) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) in veterinary sciences.

Directors' Board

Director General

Professor Krzysztof Niemczuk, DVM, PhD, ScD
phone +48 81 889 32 63
fax +48 81 889 32 65
Email sekretariat@piwet.pulawy.pl

Deputy Director for Research

Professor Jacek Kuźmak, DVM, PhD, ScD
Tel. +48 81 889 31 14
Email jacek.kuzmak@piwet.pulawy.pl

Deputy Director for Cooperation and Development
Scientific Secretary

Mirosław Paweł Polak , DVM, PhD, ScD
Tel. +48 81 889 33 16
Email ppolak@piwet.pulawy.pl


Scientific Departments

  1. Department of Biochemistry

    Head: Professor Jacek Kuźmak, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: jacek.kuzmak@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3114

    Research activity
    1. molecular diagnosis of retroviral infections in ruminants
    2. pathogenesis and immunology of enzootic bovine leukosis
    3. analysis of genetic diversity of retroviruses infecting cattle and small ruminants
    Reference activity
    1. serological and molecular diagnosis of infection with bovine leukemia virus, maedi-visna virus and caprine arthritis/encephalitis virus
    Service provided
    1. serological diagnosis of bovine leukosis, maedi-visna and infectious caprine arthritis/encephalitis
  2. Department of Cattle and Sheep Diseases

    Head: Professor Dariusz Bednarek, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: dariusz.bednarek@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3098

    Research activity
    1. investigations on Q fever, chlamydiosis, bovine campylobacteriosis, tick born diseases, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, enzootic bronchopneumonia in calves, ovine and caprine contagious agalactia, and Mycoplasma bovis infection in cattle
    2. immune system response in the course of infectious diseases of cattle and its immunomodulation
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of chlamydiosis, Q fever, bovine campylobacteriosis, borreliosis, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, and contagious agalactia in sheep and goats
    Service provided
    1. animal haematology
    2. cytological evaluation of immune status
    3. diagnosis of bovine campylobacteriosis, chlamydiosis/chlamydophilosis, Q fever, and Mycoplasma bovis infection in cattle
  3. Department of Epidemiology and Risk Assessment

    Head: Łukasz Bocian, MSc
    Email: lukasz.bocian@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3306

    Research activity
    1. analysis of the results collected In the Data Base concerning infectious diseases of animals as well as contamination of food and feeding stuffs
    2. development of risk assessment procedures of selected infectious diseases of animals as well as contamination of food and feeding stuffs with the use of statistical methods
    3. preparation of risk assessment reports for competent authorities
  4. Department of Fish Diseases

    Head: Professor Michał Reichert, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: michal.reichert@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3060

    Research activity
    1. prevalence, aetiology, pathogenesis, and prophylaxis of viral, bacterial, parasitic, and environmental diseases of fish
    2. development and implementation of laboratory methods for the diagnosis of fish diseases
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of fish diseases: spring viraemia of carp (SCV), viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN), koi herpesvirus disease (KHV), infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN), infectious salmon anaemia (ISA), epizootic haematopoietic necrosis (EHN), bacterial kidney disease (BKD), furunculosis, and yersiniosis
    2. diagnosis of mollusc diseases: bonamiosis and marteillosis
    3. diagnosis of crustacean diseases: White Spot Syndrome, Taura Syndrome and Yellowhead Disease
    Service provided
    1. diagnosis of SVC, VHS, IHN, IPN, ISA, KHV, CEV (KSD - koi sleepy disease), infection with Salmonid alphavirus (SAV), BKD, yersiniosis, furunculosis, epizootic ulcerative syndrome, motile Aeromonas septicaemia, and parasitic inland fish diseases
    2. diagnosis of crustacean diseases: White Spot Syndrome, Taura Syndrome and Yellowhead Disease
  5. Department of Food and Environmental Virology

    Head: Professor Artur Rzeżutka, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: artur.rzezutka@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3036

    Research activity
    1. development and refinement of laboratory methods for the detection of foodborne viruses (norovirus, hepatitis A and E viruses) and Cryptosporidium protozoan parasite in food and the environment
    2. studies related to a molecular epidemiology of hepatitis E virus infections in livestock
    3. application of molecular tracking tools for Cryptosporidium detection in animals
    4. molecular characteristics of selected foodborne and zoonotic viral pathogens
    Reference activity
    1. detection of human enteric viruses in bivalve molluscs
    2. diagnostics of rabbit myxomatosis
    Service provided
    1. detection of noroviruses and hepatitis A virus in soft fruits
    2. diagnostics of rabbit myxomatosis
    3. quality testing of immunological veterinary medicinal products for carnivores and fur animals
  6. Department of Foot and Mouth Disease

    Head: Andrzej Kęsy, DVM, PhD
    Email: andrzej.kesy@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 43 823 5134

    Research activity
    1. aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, control and epidemiology of foot-and-mouth disease, FMD-like diseases (swine vesicular disease, vesicular stomatitis, peste des petits ruminants), rabbit haemorrhagic disease and other lagoviruses
    2. development and improvement of laboratory diagnosis of FMD, FMD-like diseases and rabbit haemorrhagic disease
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of FMD, FMD-like diseases and rabbit haemorrhagic disease
    Service provided
    1. molecular and serological diagnosis of African swine fever
    2. serological diagnosis of bluetongue
  7. Department of Honeybee Diseases

    Head: Krystyna Pohorecka DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: krystyna.pohorecka@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3273

    Research activity
    1. aetiology, pathogenesis, prevention, and eradication of honeybee diseases
    2. preparing, improvement, and introduction to laboratory practice of pathogenic organisms' detection methods
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of American foulbrood, European foulbrood and varroasis
    Service provided
    1. laboratory diagnosis of honeybee diseases as regards parasitological, microbiological and molecular analyses
    2. pre-registration analyses of drugs, biopreparations and diagnostic preparations
  8. Department of Hygiene of Animal Feedingstuffs

    Head: Professor Krzysztof Kwiatek, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: krzysztof.kwiatek@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3082

    Research activity
    1. microbiological and chemical contaminations of animal feedingstuffs and fertilizers, Clostridium botulinum and botulinum toxins in feed and food
    2. detection and species identification of processed animal proteins (PAP) and meat of slaughter animals and game; detection of contaminants insoluble in feed fats
    3. determination of GTH markers in processed products of animal origin and feeds
    4. detection and determination of genetically modified (GM) feeds
    5. antibacterial substances, and prohibited antibiotic growth promoters in feeds, active substances in medicated feeding stuffs
    6. quality and safety of feed additives
    7. undesirable substances in animal feedingstuffs
    8. sanitary-veterinary evaluation of feed technological processes as well as organic fertilizers and soil conditioners
    9. plant toxins in feedingstuffs and food
    Reference activity
    1. microbiological examination of animal feedingstuffs, especially regarding Salmonella sp., (microbiological contamination of feeds)
    2. detection and species identification of processed animal proteins in feeds
    3. determination of antibacterial substances, prohibited antibiotic growth promoters, active substances in medicated feedingstuffs
    4. detection and determination of genetically modified (GM) feeds
    5. determination of GTH and lime fertilizer markers in processed products of animal origin
    6. detection of feed additives and undesirable substances in animal feedingstuffs
    7. determination of pyrrolizidine, tropane and ergot alkaloids in feedingstuffs and food
    8. analysis of organic feeds
    Service provided
    1. performing tests in accordance with the scope of research activities, including monitoring, official, confirmatory
    2. monitoring of feed hygiene
    3. confirmatory and pre-licence testing of feed additives
    4. issuing expert opinions on legal acts and other documents concerning official controls of feed and food
    5. official and commercial testing of organic feeds within the scope of accredited methods
    6. determination of sanitary indicators and issuing opinions on organic fertilizers and soil conditioners
  9. Department of Hygiene of Food of Animal Origin

    Head: Professor Jacek Osek, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: jacek.osek@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3182

    Research activity
    1. microbiology and chemistry of food of animal origin
    2. improvement of methods and implementation of guidelines for hygienic evaluation of food
    3. sanitary evaluation of technological processes in meat and milk processing plants
    Reference activity
    1. detection of Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, including verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) strains, Salmonella, Staphylococcus sp., including Staphylococcus aureus, and enterotoxins Enterobacteriaceae, and enumeration of microorganisms
    2. antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter sp., Staphylococcus sp., and Enterococcus sp.
    3. detection of bacteria and marine biotoxins in bivalve molluscs
    4. hygiene of row milk, including total bacteria and somatic cell counts
    5. heat treatment of milk and milk products, including alkaline phosphatase determination
    6. antibacterial drug residues
    Service provided
    1. microbiological and chemical analyses of food
    2. detection of antibiotic residues in food
    3. microbiological, cytological, and chemical examination of milk
    4. implementation of the HACCP system
  10. Department of Microbiology

    Head: Professor Krzysztof Szulowski, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: krzysztof.szulowski@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3019

    Research activity
    1. antigenic structure, immunogenicity, and pathogenicity of microorganisms
    2. isolation and characterisation of Salmonella strains and monitoring of their antibiotic susceptibility
    3. reservoirs of zoonotic bacteria
    4. improvement of laboratory methods for the diagnosis of bacterial diseases
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of brucellosis, salmonellosis, listeriosis, anthrax, bovine tuberculosis, paratuberculosis, glanders, contagious equine metritis, tularaemia, antimicrobial resistance
    Service provided
    1. laboratory diagnosis of bacterial diseases
    2. advice on veterinary disinfection and activity of disinfectants
    3. national collection of bacterial strains important for the veterinary medicine
    4. monitoring of antibiotic resistance among selected bacterial isolates originated from mastitic milk
  11. Department of Omics Analyses

    Head: Dariusz Wasyl DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: dariusz.wasyl@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3020

    Research activity
    1. Whole genome based characterization of pathogen (bacteria, viruses, parasites) originating from animals, food chain, and the environment
    2. Metagenomic analysis of environmental samples: shotgun metagenomics, bacterial microbiome characterization (16S rRNA based metataxonomics), targeted metagenomic sequencing (i.e. antimicrobial resistance genes)
    3. Targeted transcriptomic (commercial or customized microarrays) and shotgun transcriptomics (RNASeq)
    4. Biotyping of organisms (bacteria, parasites and fungi) originating from animals, food chain and the environment
    5. Bioinformatic analysis
    Service provided

    Implementation of high-throughput molecular biology methods in modern veterinary sciences. The Unit specializes in collaborative scientific research offering specialized technological support in the following areas:

    1. next generation sequencing with use of Illumina (MiSeq and NextSeq) and OxfordNanopore (MinION) platforms
    2. gene expression microarrays (SureScan Dx Microarray System)
    3. biotyping and proteomics (Maldi TOF)
    4. customized bioinformatic analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data
  12. Department of Parasitology

    Head: Professor Tomasz Cencek, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: tomasz.cencek@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3039

    Research activity
    1. pathogenesis, diagnosis, and control of parasitic diseases
    2. monitoring study, molecular investigations and genotyping of animal parasites, with special attention to zoonotic parasites
    3. isolation and purification of parasitic antigens for laboratory diagnostic methods
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of dourine, toxoplasmosis, echinococcosis, trichinellosis, anisakiosis
    Service provided
    1. diagnosis of parasitic diseases (serological, molecular, microscopic)
    2. identification of parasites
    3. parasitological analysis of sewage sediments and manures
    4. evaluation of the efficacy of insecticides and anti-parasitic drugs and vaccines
  13. Department of Pathology

    Head: Professor Michał Reichert, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: michal.reichert@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3060

    Research activity
    1. pathomorphology of animal diseases
    2. development and improvement of histopathological, immunohistochemical, and molecular biology methods for the diagnosis of infectious diseases
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of BSE, scrapie, Teschovirus encephalomyelitis, and ovine pulmonary adenomatosis
    Service provided
    1. autopsies and histopathological examinations
    2. pathomorphological evaluation of side effects of vaccines, drugs, and chemical compounds
  14. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

    Head: Piotr Jedziniak, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: piotr.jedziniak@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3465

    Research activity
    1. determination of chemical residues in food of animal origin and feeds, and assessment of the risk of their occurrence
    2. pharmacology and toxicology of drugs
    3. toxicity of chemical compounds used in the agriculture and occurring in the environment
    4. /In vitro/in vivo/ toxicity studies
    5. development and validation of new analytical methods
    Reference activity
    1. determination of residues of ß-agonists, prohibited drugs, neuroleptics, antiparasitic, antibacterial, and non-steroid antiphlogistic drugs, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, dyes, toxic elements, mycotoxins, hormones, growth promoters, and thyreostatics in food of animal origin and feeds
    Service provided
    1. diagnosis of poisonings in animals - confirmatory testing
    2. determination of xenobiotics in food of animal origin - confirmatory testing
    3. pre-licence testing of drugs and feed additives
  15. Department of Poultry Diseases

    Head: Krzysztof Śmietanka, DVM, PhD, ScD
    Email: krzysztof.smietanka@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3065

    Research activity
    1. aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prophylaxis of infectious poultry diseases such as avian influenza, Newcastle disease, infectious bronchitis and other coronavirus infections, Gumboro disease, Marek’s disease, Derzsy’s disease, chicken infectious anaemia, pneumoviral infections, adenovirus infections, reovirus infections, West Nile virus infections, avian mycoplasmosis, and ornitobacteriosis
    2. development and application of molecular biology methods in the diagnosis of infectious diseases and epidemiological investigations
    3. monitoring of the prevalence of avian influenza virus, Newcastle disease virus, and other economically important diseases in poultry and wild birds
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of avian influenza, Newcastle disease, avian mycoplasmosis, Marek’s disease, Derzsy’s disease, West Nile virus infections
    Service provided
    1. bacteriological, virological, serological, and molecular diagnosis of infectious poultry diseases
    2. quality evaluation and pre-licence testing of biologicals and diagnostic kits
  16. Department of Radiobiology

    Head: Małgorzata Warenik-Bany, PhD
    Email: malgorzata.warenik@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3420
    Department's website

    Research activity
    1. toxicology and analytics of halogenated persistent organic pollutants (dioxins, dibenzofurans, biphenyls, diphenyl ethers and other brominated flame retardants)
    2. toxicology and analytics cancerogenic N-nitrosamines (NDMA, NDEA) in food and feed
    3. application of radioisotope techniques in the veterinary medicine
    4. decontamination of animals polluted with radionuclides
    Reference activity
    1. determination of persistent organic pollutants: dioxins (PCDD), furans (PCDF), dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCB), brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in the field of polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE), radioactive contamination, volatile N-nitrosamines in food and feeds
    Service provided
    1. determination of dioxins, dibenzofurans, polychlorinated biphenyls, diphenyl ethers in food and feed
    2. determination of volatile N-nitrosamines in food and feed
    3. radiometric measurements of food and feed
  17. Department of Swine Diseases

    Head: Anna Szczotka-Bochniarz, PhD
    Email: anna.szczotka@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: + 48 81 889 3030
    Department's website<

    Research activity
    1. improvement of diagnosis and prevention of swine infectious diseases, development and application of molecular biology assays for identification of swine pathogens
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of classical swine fever, African swine fever, Aujeszky's disease, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, leptospirosis
    Service provided
    1. laboratory diagnostics of pig diseases including bacteriological, virological, serological and molecular tests, examination of virucidal activity of disinfection products accordingly to the requirements of PN-EN 14675 directive. Examination of virucidal activity of disinfection products against African swine fever virus
  18. Department of Veterinary Pharmacy

    Acting Head: Katarzyna Szymanek, DVM, PhD, MBA
    Email: katarzyna.szymanek@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3322

    Research activity
    1. optimization and development of physicochemical control methods of immunological Veterinary Medicinal Products (IVMPs)
    2. analysis of the sale and consumption of antimicrobial Veterinary Medicinal Products in selected animal species in Poland
    OMCL activity
    1. batch release and market surveillence testing of IVMPs
    2. quality control of IVMPs that are marketed or in use in Poland and Europe (CAP)
    3. other tasks arising from participation in programs implemented by the OMCL
    Coordination activity
    1. coordination of quality control and issuing certificates of "in vitro" diagnostic products that are used in veterinary medicine
    2. coordination of issued opinions on the effectiveness of biocidal products required for authorizing the sale in Poland
    3. administration of the VMPs IT sales database in Poland
  19. Department of Virology

    Head: Professor Jerzy Rola
    Email: jerzy.rola@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3069

    Research activity
    1. aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, control and epidemiology of viral and prion diseases of animals
    2. pathogenic, immunogenic and genetic properties of animal and zoonotic viruses
    3. characterisation of prion protein isolated from cases of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
    4. development and improvement of molecular biology methods in the diagnosis of viral diseases
    Reference activity
    1. diagnosis of rabies, scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease, equine infectious anaemia, equine viral arteritis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine viral diarrhea, lumpy skin disease, sheep and goat pox, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, African horse sickness
    2. organization of national proficiency tests
    3. participation in EU proficiency tests
    4. training courses for regional laboratory personnel
    Service provided
    1. virological, serological or molecular diagnosis of rabies, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine viral diarrhea, equine herpesviruses, equine viral arteritis, equine infectious anaemia, equine influenza, bluetongue, Schmallenberg disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, chronic wasting disease and SARS-CoV-2 in animals
    2. determination of rabies virus antibodies in dogs, cats, and ferrets
    3. collection of virus strains and serum samples
    4. monitoring of Culicoides
    5. quality evaluation of antiviral vaccines and sera
    6. batch release control of vaccines
  20. Laboratory of Serological Diagnosis

    Head: Monika Szymańska-Czerwińska, PhD
    Email: monika.szymanska@piwet.pulawy.pl
    Phone: +48 81 889 3271

    Research activity
    1. development and improvement of serological methods used in the diagnosis of infectious diseases of animals
    Reference activity and service provided
    1. serological diagnosis of enzootic bovine leukosis, chlamydiosis, Q fever, IBR/IPV, classical swine fever, Aujeszky's disease, Newcastle disease, avian mycoplasmosis, and dourine

Quality management system

A quality management system (QMS) was established and implemented at the National Veterinary Research Institute according to the “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” standard PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025. The standard specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality, and operational consistency of laboratories.

The compliance of the Institute’s quality management system with the standard’s requirements is confirmed by its certification by the Polish Centre for Accreditation. The effectiveness of the QMS is constantly monitored, analysed, and improved.

The Director General of the National Veterinary Research Institute formulated a Quality Policy which is known, understood, and used by all employees of the NVRI, and all employees are responsible for its implementation.

Due to the broad scope of research, specificity of performed tasks, and complex organisational structure, several levels of QMS documentation were created at the National Veterinary Research Institute, i.e.:

  • A Quality Manual
  • Quality Procedures
  • Research Procedures and Methodical Standards
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Standards and documentation of the Polish Centre for Accreditation, with attendant regulations, manuals, and written institutional bylaws.
Quality Policy Statement

The task of the National Veterinary Research Institute is to perform testing and development work in conformity with the Institute’s statute, to disseminate research results, and to be a partner in the practical implementation of those results. Our activity is also focused on delivering satisfaction to our customers and conform their expectations. These aims are achieved by performing task specified in plans indicated test directions NVRI and also in the areas leading by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Always mindful of our mission and the needs of interested parties, we aim to improve the quality of our services with maintain rules of impartiality, respect property rights and safeguard confidentiality of information, including procedures of securing, electronic contained and delivery results for result storage and we set the following goals

  • to perform high-level testing which meets the expectations of customers by providing with integrity, reliable and useful test results;
  • to build and maintain the image of the National Veterinary Research Institute as a integral, kind and trustworthy partner to customers and all persons interested in working with the Institute;
  • to maintain and improve the implemented management system;
  • to maintain and improve our competences;
  • to continually improve the methods of testing and modernise the measurement equipment.

Our set goals are possible to achieve through adhering to the following rules:

  • The tasks are performed by highly qualified personnel, constantly trained and used of tests methods appropriate for the intended use and purpose of the test results.
  • Laboratories are equipped with modern measurement equipment; analytical procedures ensure validity of test results.
  • The Institute acts with integrity and impartially when performing services for customers, guided by good professional practice and the tests . Tests are performed under established methods and to the requirements of costumers.
  • Personnel do not engage in any activity which could influence the objectivity of their judgements or operational integrity.
  • Risk management related to impartiality according to established procedures, including ongoing identification, analysis, and documentation.
  • The Quality Policy statemented in this Quality Manual and the documents of the management system are known and used by all employees of NVRI.
  • Use of management system which is compliance with the requirements of the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018-02 standard. The actions of the laboratories comply with the rules included in the Quality Manual and management system documents of NVRI. The effectiveness of the management system is constantly improved.

NVRI performs tests in both permanent and flexible scopes of accreditation. The limits of flexibility are indicated in its laboratories’ scopes of accreditation.

The goal of the established management system is to ensure the validity of test results, meet the expectations of costumers, organizations providing recognition and regulatory authorities, maintain the Institute’s position as the leading veterinary laboratory in Poland, and compete effectively with veterinary laboratories from around the world.

The most important part of the Institute are its competent and qualified employees who are aware of goals we want to achieve and know their responsibilities and authorities under the established management system and the law defining the Institute’s scope of activity.

The salary of personnel performing testing does not depend on either the number or the results of tests performed.

The documents describing management system are available to all employees, and all employees has been trained, familiarized with their content and use it in practice.


National Reference Laboratories

The reference activity of the National Veterinary Research Institute includes:

  • Identifying animal infectious diseases and zoonoses;
  • testing food of animal origin and feed

To ensure the appropriate quality and sound organisational structure of official testing and comply with EU and national law (the Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Law on Veterinary Inspection of 29 January 2004), the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development enacted the Regulation on National Reference Laboratories and appointed 16 scientific departments of the NVRI as National Reference Laboratories. The laboratories’ remits include 138 mandates to test, 82 of them regarding animal infectious diseases and zoonoses and 56 concerning sanitary quality of food of animal origin and feed.

The EU integration process set new challenges for the Institute: the adaptation of Polish veterinary legislation to EU law as well as the establishment and opening of the National Reference Laboratories. The Institute’s contribution to the legislation was possible due to the extensive experience of its scientific personnel, who have broad expertise, knowledge of foreign languages, and ability to work in teams. The involvement in the legislative process enabled to draw up the bills of six basic veterinary acts and over 250 executive acts.

In 2003, a ministerial decree by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development appointed National Reference Laboratories for animal infectious diseases, including zoonoses, as well as laboratories for residues of pharmacologically active substances used in food-producing animals. As the seat of the reference laboratories, the Institute was listed in the EU Accession Treaty.

Assuming national leadership, the reference laboratories work in liaison with their counterparts across the European Union within the scope of their competencies, and relay information from the EU laboratories. These centres also provide professional aid, organise proficiency testing for the official laboratories, evaluate their activity, conduct confirmation and appeal testing, and regularly train laboratory staff.

The establishment of the reference laboratories entailed the adaptation of the existing laboratories and conditions in which testing had been conducted to new requirements stipulated by the European Union. Hence the call for rapid extension and modernisation of the Institute in order to provide the laboratories that would meet the standards for work with hazardous microorganisms and the requirements for official laboratories that conduct toxicological, pharmacological and microbiological testing of food and feedstuffs. In 2004, an over €38 million contract was signed to extend and modernise the Institute, mostly subsidised by the EU funds, and in 2008 the grand opening of the newly constructed laboratories covering an area of approximately 16 300 m2 took place. The laboratories are furnished with state-of-the-art research equipment, and are certified to CL2, CL3 and CL3+ containment levels, which ensure the protection of the staff and the environment against highly pathogenic microorganisms. Following the modernisation, the Institute has become one of the most cutting-edge facilities of this type in Europe.

The following OIE reference laboratories function in the Institute: for Classical Swine Fever, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Enzootic Bovine Leukosis, and Q fever.

in vitro

Note since June 9, 2022 change of applications forms templates

The National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) issues opinions about in vitro diagnostic devices used in veterinary medicine on the basis of Article 24 of the Act of 30 April 2010 about research institutes in connection with chapter 9 of the Act of 11 March 2004 on animal health protection and infectious diseases of animals and the Act of 9 April 2010 on the repealing the Act on medical devices used in veterinary medicine and amending other acts and Regulation (EU) 2017/746 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices and repealing Directive 98/79/EC and Commission Decision 2010/227/EU.

For marketing and the use can be introduced the in vitro diagnostic device used in veterinary medicine, the device intended for tests performed at Veterinary Inspection’s needs which obtained positive opinion issued by NVRI and is placed on the List of device for in vitro diagnostics used in veterinary medicine established by Chief Veterinary Officer. NVRI issues opinions about:

OMCL

The National Veterinary Research Institute has become a full member of Official Medicinal Control Laboratory (OMCL) Network on 16 January 2017.

The Commission of the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe decided on 26 May 1994 to create a network of official medicines control laboratories (OMCLs). This network amounted to a new collaboration in the area of quality control of marketed medicinal products for human and veterinary use, providing public and animals health care.

In the European Union countries, the registration and marketing authorisation of medicinal products and medical devices are directly related to their quality, safety and therapeutic efficacy. This activity is coordinated by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) and an agenda of the Council of Europe.

The National Veterinary Research Institute performs quality control of immunological veterinary medicinal products by:

Doctoral Schools

Doctoral School of Animal Sciences and Food Safety


EU funded research projects

Projects funded under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

  1. VetBioNet
    Title:
    Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research experimentation
    Project coordinator in NVRI
    Mirosław Polak
  1. One Health EJP
    Title:
    Promoting One Health in Europe through joint actions on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging microbiological hazards
    Project coordinator in NVRI
    Jacek Kuźmak
    1. IMPART: Improving phenotypic testing of AMR by development of sensitive screening assays for emerging resistances, and setting missing ECOFFs
      Project coordinator in NVRI: D. Wasyl
    2. AIR: Sample Air-sampling: A Low-Cost Screening Tool in Biosecured Broiler Production
      project coordinator at NVRI: Kinga Wieczorek
    3. ADONIS: Assessing determinants of the non-decreasing incidence of Salmonella
      project coordinator at NVRI: Dariusz Wasyl
    4. BeONE: Building integrative tools for OneHealth Surveillance
      project coordinator at NVRI: Ewelina Iwan
    5. BIOPIGEE: Biosecurity practices for pig farming across Europe
      project coordinator at NVRI: Jacek Żmudzki
    6. CARE Cross-sectoral framework for quality Assurance Resources for countries in the European Union
      project coordinators at NVRI: Magdalena Zając, Dariusz Wasyl
    7. DiSCoVeR: Discovering the sources of Salmonella, Campylobacter, VTEC and antimicrobial resistance
      project coordinator at NVRI: Magdalena Skarżyńska
    8. FED-AMR: The role of free extracellular DNA in dissemination of antimicrobial resistance over ecosystem boundaries along the food/feed chain
      project coordinators at NVRI: Anna Gajda, Małgorzata Gbylik-Sikorska
    9. FULLFORCE: Full-length sequencing for an enhanced effort to map and understand drivers and reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance
      project coordinator at NVRI: Magdalena Zając
    10. HARMONY: Harmonised protocols and common best practice
      project coordinator at NVRI: Mirosław Różycki
    11. MATRIX: Connecting dimensions in One-Health surveillance
      project coordinator at NVRI: Mirosław Różycki
    12. MEME: Multi-centre study on Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus s.l. in Europe: development and harmonization of diagnostic methods in the food chain
      project coordinator at NVRI: Jacek Karamon
    13. PARADISE: Parasite detection, isolation and evaluation
      project coordinator at NVRI: Jacek Sroka
    14. TELE-VIR: Point-of-incidence toolbox for emerging virus threats
      project coordinator at NVRI: Artur Rzeżutka
    15. TOXOSOURCES: Toxoplasma gondii sources quantified
      project coordinator at NVRI: Jacek Sroka

  2. SWINOSTICS
    Title:
    Swine diseases field diagnostics toolbox
    project coordinator at NVRI:
    G. Woźniakowski
  3. POSHBEE
    Title:
    Pan-european assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of Stressors on the Health of BEEs
    project coordinator at NVRI:
    T. Kiljanek
  4. HEALTHYLIVESTOCK
    Title:
    Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance through improved livestock Health and Welfare
    project coordinators at NVRI:
    J. Niczyporuk, A. Gajda

The project funded under the 3rd Health Programme

  1. SHARP JA
    Title:
    "Strengthened International Health Regulations and Preparedness in EU"
    project coordinators at NVRI:
    Marcin Weiner, Monika Szymańska-Czerwińska

Projects funded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

  1. Wildlife
    Title:
    Collecting and sharing data on wildlife populations, transmitting animal disease agents.
    project coordinator at NVRI:
    Magdalena Larska

Research programmes implemented under EU scientific networks

  1. COST actions
    1. CA 15116
      Title:
      ASF STOP: Understanding and combating African Swine Fever in Europe
      project coordinator at NVRI:
      G. Woźniakowski
    2. CA 16110
      Title:
      Control of human pathogenic micro-organisms in plant production systems
      project coordinator at NVRI:
      Jolanta Zdybel
    3. CA 18217
      Title:
      European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment
      project coordinators at NVRI:
      D. Wasyl, Agnieszka Pękala - Safińska, Magdalena Zając, Agnieszka Kędrak - Jabłońska, Arkadiusz Dors
    4. CA 17110
      Title:
      Standardizing output i surveillance to control non – regulated diseases of cattle in the EU
      project coordinators at NVRI:
      Mirosław Polak, Katarzyna Dudek
    5. CA 18105
      Title:
      Risk-based meat inspection and integrated meat safety assurance
      project coordinator at NVRI:
      Mirosław Różycki
    1. Med-Vet-Net:
      Network of Research on Zoonosis.
    1. EPIZONE:
      European Research Group on Infectious Diseases.

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