The CODA-CERVA (Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre) is a Federal scientific research establishment.
CODA-CERVA's core activities consist of :
- Scientific research
- Expert advice
- Efficient provision of services
in the following fields of activities :
- Epidemic, endemic and emerging transmittable diseases in animals
- Zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases threatening public health
- Epidemiology : surveillance, risk analysis, and molecular epidemiology
- Contaminants and the quality of the environment in the framework of safe food production
It contributes to a proactive policy in terms of food production safety, animal health and public health, at both the Federal and international levels : it supports the preparation of the Federal Public Service for Public Health, food chain safety and environment and of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAFSC).
CODA-CERVA is under the wardship of the Minister of SMCs, Independent workers, Agriculture and Scientific policy, and is administratively connected to the Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.
The CODA-CERVA employs about 85 researchers, some 110 laboratory technicians and approximately 50 people in support services.
The CODA-CERVA's headquarters are located at Uccle (+/-180 workers). Its veterinary laboratories are also here
The CODA-CERVA agrochemical laboratories are located Tervuren (+/-40 workers)
CODA-CERVA also has a site at Machelen (experimental center)
Plant and scientific equipment:
As the reference laboratory for infectious diseases in animals, at Uccle CODA-CERVA has:
*3,800 m² of confinement level 2 laboratories (Biosafety level 2 or BSL-2) to identify endemic infectious diseases and BSE, as well as
*2,150 m² of confinement level 3 laboratories (BSL-3), comprising:
- reference laboratories for aphthous fever (foot-and-mouth disease) also vesicular diseases, plague virus, influenza and avian and exotic viruses, also for highly-pathogenic bacterial diseases (plague, anthrax, brucellosis, tuberculosis, tularæmia, etc.).
- a bacteriology laboratory to identify emerging or incipient risks (new infectious diseases, bioterrorism).
*3,600 m² of confinement level 3 animal houses 3 (BSL-3) for small laboratory animals, poultry, ruminants and pigs (Machelen).
As reference laboratory for mycotoxins and trace elements in human food and animal feeds, at Tervuren has CODA-CERVA floorspace of approximately 5,000 m².
- The mycotoxin reference laboratory is equipped with UPLC-MS/MS and nano LC-MS
- The trace-element laboratory has ICP-MS and HPLC-ICP-MS