European Reference Laboratory for African horse sickness and Bluetongue


The Laboratorio Central de Veterinaria is appointed as European Reference laboratory (EURL) for African horse sickness since 1992, and for Bluetongue since 1 January 2019. Its main duty is to harmonize the laboratory diagnosis as key element for a rapid response to disease alerts.
The laboratory offers scientific and technical support to the EU National Reference Laboratories and Expert Collaborating Laboratories network, and to the European Commission and EU Member States veterinary services

EU Reference Laboratories for African horse sickness and Bluetongue

What's new?

The EU Parliament and the Council adopted the Regulation (EU) 2016/429 on transmissible animal diseases ("Animal Health Law") in March 2016. It is applicable from 21 April 2021.

The animal health law was part of a package of measures proposed by the EU Commission in May 2013 to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain. As such, it is closely linked to Regulation (EU) 2017/625 ("Official Controls Regulation").

Several delegated and implementing acts have been adopted by the EUCommission to make the new rules applicable.