BVD Designated Laboratories

Only designated laboratories may transfer results to the ICBF database for use in the national eradication programme. If you wish to have your details added or amended please contact

BVD Designated Laboratories

BVD designated laboratories for TASAH herd investigations


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 AHI, ICBF, 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 AHI, ICBF, 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.

Laboratory Designation Process

Laboratory Designation

The BVD Implementation Group (BVDIG) recognises that the provision of accurate, timely and cost-effective laboratory services is a critical component of the BVD national 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. Laboratories considering applying for designation must do so by reference to the latest version of the documents listed below, which are subject to updating and revision from time to time.  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
c/o Animal Health Ireland
2-5 The Archways
Co. Leitrim

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

However, while applications will be accepted in electronic format, hard copies of all documents should be remitted to the above address as soon as possible thereafter.

BVD Application for Laboratory Designation

(Updated 26/06/2014)

BVD Designation Criteria

(Updated 06/12/2016)

Terms & Conditions of Participation/Designation of Laboratories

(Updated 09/10/2015)

BVD – Protocol for Designation and Delisting of Laboratories