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The European Union Reference Laboratory organises Proficiency Tests (PTs) on detection and typing of Foot-and-Mouth disease virus in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 2017/625.

PT panels for FMDV and SVDV detection are established for virus isolation, RT-PCR, Antigen-ELISA and VP1 sequencing. PT panels for FMD antibody detection are established for FMDV NSP antibodies, FMDV SP antibodies and SVDV antibodies detection by ELISAs or/and virus neutralisation test.

The proficiency test (PT) for FMD virus and SVD virus and antibody detection is organised annually. All EU national reference laboratories (NRLs) and other official laboratories of the network are invited to participate.

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The European Union Reference Laboratory yearly organizes a workshop, especially intended for the EU national reference laboratories (NRLs) and other official laboratories of the network.

The purpose of these workshops is to inform the participants about the activities of the EURL, to present and discuss the results of the PT, to present and discuss scientific research projects and to exchange information on EU legislation, methods and other relevant subjects.


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The EURL for FMD, among other missions, gathers data and information on the methods of diagnosis and differential diagnosis used in the different National Laboratories.

A list of methods inspired by the OIE official methods is available on this website.

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The EURL for FMD supports the functions of National Laboratories by storing and supplying reagents and materials for use in diagnosis of foot-and-mouth disease such as virus and/or inactivated antigens, standardised sera, cell lines and other reference reagents.

A list of reagents and material is available on this website.

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The European Union Reference Laboratory organizes each year trainings specifically intended for the EU national reference laboratories (NRLs) and other official laboratories of the network.

The purpose of these sessions is to implement the further training of experts in laboratory diagnosis with the goal to harmonize the diagnostic techniques at the European and International levels.

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PT EURL 2019

From 03 June 2019 to 31 July 2019

The PT 2019 was organized from June to July.

Inscription for the next PT will be available on website

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Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Institute for Veterinary Disease Control - Mödling


Laboratory network members

The EURL co-operates with a network of national reference laboratories (NRLs) and other official laboratories.


The responsabilities and task of Europeen Union reference laboratories are laid down in Article 94 of the regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the Europeen parliament and of concil of 15 march 2017 :

Kris De Clercq


Anthony Relmy


EURL for Foot-and-mouth Disease

The Virology Unit of ANSES Animal Health Laboratory, Maisons-Alfort, France, and the Service for Exotic Viruses and Particular Diseases of the federal research centre Sciensano, Uccle, Belgium, are in charge of the FMD EURL activities. They have a long experience of collaboration on various viral diseases (FMD, Bluetongue, West Nile, etc.) and they have been partners in many research projects. They have extensive experiences in the diagnosis of major diseases, even in emergency situation, such as Foot-and-mouth Disease, Lumpy Skin Disease, Bluetongue, West Nile, African Horse Sickness, etc. and are fully aware of the roles and duties they have to fulfil for the national and European authorities. They conduct their activities in accordance with and under quality assurance and are accredited according to the EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard. They comply strictly with all the International, European and National regulations and legislations regarding Biosafety, Biosecurity, Health and Safety and Animal Welfare.

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 appointed as European Union Reference Laboratory for foot-and-mouth disease disease (COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2018/136 of 25 January 2018)