National Reference Laboratory for Animal Medicines and Contaminants

Changed on: 16.06.2020

National Reference Laboratory for Veterinary Medicine Residues and Hormones in Animal-based Foods

The Department Veterinary Medicines, Hormones and Contaminants at the Institute for Food Safety Vienna at the Austrian Health and Food Safety Agency is a National Reference Laboratory for Veterinary Medicines Residues and Hormones in animal-based foods for the residues listed in Annex I Group A and Group B No. 1 and No. 2, letters a, b, d, e and f of Council Directive 96/23/EG.

Main tasks

  • The analysis of the majority of samples from the national residue control plan for veterinary drugs and hormones (approx. 9,000 tests per year; excluding antibiotic screening with microbiological inhibitor test and carbamate or pyrethroids)
  • The conducting of confirmation analyses and comparative examinations for routine labs that screen antibiotics using inhibitor tests
  • The development and validation of new analytical methods
  • Support for the Ministry of Health in the annual preparation of the national residue control plan for live animals and animal products 
  • The provision of expertise and expert opinions.

Substances with anabolic effects and unauthorized substances (Group A)

A1: Stilbene
A2: Antithyroid agents
A3: Steroids
A4: Resorcylic acid lactones
A5: Beta-agonists
A6: unauthorised veterinary medicines listed in table 2 of Regulation (EEC) No 37/2010 

Veterinary Medicines (Group B)

B1: Antibacterial substances, including sulphonomides, quinolones
B2a: Anthelmintics
B2b: Anticoccidials (including nitroimidazoles)
B2d: Sedatives
B2e: NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
B2f: Corticosteroids and quinoxaline (carbadox and olaquindox) 


Dr. Georg Mayerhofer
Head of Department for Veterinary Medicinal Products, Hormones, Contaminants and Special Chemical Analyses

Phone: +43 50 555-32629
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien

Ing. Johann Burger, MSc

Head of Hormones and Banned Veterinary Medicinal Products Division

Phone: +43 50 555-32611
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien

Dr. Martin Brandtner
Head of Veterinary Medicinal Products Division

Phone: +43 50 555-32628
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien