Diagnosis Services

The EURL for FMD provides diagnostic services for the confirmation or negation of disease and for virus charactersiation. The EURL tests samples using techniques described in the OIE Manuel of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Aniamals. The front-line diagnostic assays are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. In addition to testing for FMD, the laboratory provides differentiel diagnosis for the related vesicular diseases : Swine Vesicular Disease and Vesicular Stomatitis.

Diagnosis services available at the EURL

The EURL carrie out the virological and serological diagonsis of foot-and-mouth disease using the method described below :

  • ► Virus Isolation in cell cultures
  • ► Virus detection and serotyping by Capture ELISA
  • ► Viral genome detection by RT-PCR (conventional / real-time)
  • ► Virus typing by RT-PCR (conventional / real-time)
  • ► Sequencing and molecular epidemiology
  • ► Antibody detection by virus neutralisation tests and ELISA
  • ► Antigen detection by rapid immunochromatographic tests (LFD)

Analysis request procedure

Please contact the EURL prior submitting samples. It is important to submit adequat samples that must be packaged and shipped in accordance with the regulation in place (for more information EC, OIE, IATA, ADR..).

For any submission of samples, please fill out the sample submission form and follow the packaging/shipment instructions below.


  • Technical Management
Romey Aurore
aurore.romey@anses.fr  / 

+33 1 49 77 13 15
Lefebvre David
david.lefebvre@sciensano.be  / 

+32 23 79 05 13