Detect, identify, prevent and treat infectious diseases
Our scientific directorate is a recognised centre of excellence for research on infectious diseases in humans. Our different services are mainly tasked with the detection and rapid identification of pathogens which are present or (re-)emerging, along with their prevention and treatment. We also perform the daily measurement of allergenic pollen and molds in the air.
Besides its scientific research work on infectious diseases, allergenic pollen and molds and food safety, our directorate plays an important role in the network of surveillance laboratories, reference laboratories and centres of expertise at Belgian, European and international level.
We inform policymakers and the population reliably and transparently about new developments in the fields of public health, food chain safety, food and the environment.