Welcome to the website of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth disease

The European Council and the Commission have designated European Union Reference Laboratories (EURLs) with scientific and technical expertise within the areas of animal health, public health and zootechnics in a number of legal acts to prevent, control and eradicate major animal diseases.

The consortium between ANSES (France) and Sciensano (Belgium) is designated as the European Union Reference Laboratory for foot-and-mouth disease under Council Directive 2003/85/EC (COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2018/136 of 25 January 2018)