Designated Laboratories List

Only designated laboratories may transfer results to the AHWNI database for use in the Northern Ireland BVD eradication programme.

List of BVD Designated Laboratories (Last updated 16.03.17)

Laboratory Designation Process

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recognises that the provision of accurate, timely and cost-effective laboratory services is a critical component of the Northern Ireland BVD eradication programme.

The accompanying three documents lay down the criteria on which laboratories may apply for designation, the terms and conditions relating to laboratory designation and an application form for laboratories wishing to be considered for designation. Applications for designation may be submitted at any time. However, depending on whether or not a given laboratory has satisfactorily participated in a previous Technical Exercise (TE), it may be necessary to align applications with successful completion of future TEs.


Laboratories wishing to be designated should return the completed application form accompanied by all necessary supporting documentation to:

Laboratory Designation

Siobhan Kelly

Animal Health Strategy & TSE
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
The Old Library
County Hall
BT51 3HS


Electronic copies of the application form, all necessary supporting documentation and all queries relating to laboratory designation should be submitted to:

Application for Laboratory Designation (Last updated 04.07.16)

Designation Criteria (Last updated 04.07.16)

Cover Letter (Last updated 04.07.16)

Approval Criteria for laboratories (Last updated 01.11.17)


No biological test is 100% accurate. If an inaccurate result is suspected, the animal should be isolated and re-tested.
All designated laboratories are independently accredited for BVD testing and the test methods used (ELISA or RT-PCR) will, in the great majority of cases, accurately detect the presence or absence of virus in tissue and blood samples when submitted and tested correctly. However, results relate only to the sample as received by the laboratory and, whilst laboratories warrant that their tests will meet their applicable declared specifications, the laboratories make no other warranty, expressed or implied and accept no responsibility or liability in respect of false results which are within the limits of the declared specifications of the tests offered. No representation or warranty is given by AHWNI, AFBI, the Technical Working Group, the Implementation Group or any member, employee or other person connected with any of the foregoing bodies as to the accuracy of any BVD test methods or test results. Neither AHWNI, AFBI, the Technical Working Group, the Implementation Group nor any member, employee or other person connected with any of the foregoing bodies shall have any liability or responsibility in respect of any laboratory or the accuracy of any test methods, test results or reports produced by any laboratory.


Associated Programmes BVD Programme Johne's Disease Programme

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