Under the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (Scotland) Order 2013 (as amended), samples being submitted for testing as a mandatory annual screening test must be sent to a laboratory approved by the Scottish Government for that purpose.
To submit a sample to an approved laboratory, please use a form provided by them or the Standard Submission Form (VET USE) Tissue Sample Submission Form (FARMER USE).
List of Approved Laboratories
List correct February 2017 but may be updated
To gain approval, a laboratory must;
- Hold a current accreditation of ISO17025 from an organisation that is itself accredited to ISO 17011 (EN 45002/3) for testing for BVD antigen and/or antibody;
- Be located in the European Union; and,
- Agree to meet the duties of approved laboratories as described below.
Duties on Approved Laboratories
The laboratory must test samples submitted under the Order within five days of receiving them.
The laboratory must declare a status for the samples submitted. This will be based on the test results generated by the samples submitted and other information provided, such as vaccination history. The status will be either;
- Negative for evidence of BVDV infection;
or, if the above status cannot be given,
- Not-negative for evidence of BVDV infection.
Laboratories will use their professional judgement in reaching a decision on herd status. They may request such information as they reasonably require of the person submitting the samples in order to reach a herd status. Where insufficient information is supplied in spite of such a request being made, the laboratory may withhold a declaration, or declare a not-negative status.
The herd status must be sent to the keeper.
Laboratories may charge their customers at whatever level they decide, and at different levels for different types of test. Fee levels for all types of test should be published on the laboratory’s website.
Laboratories must electronically submit herd status data to a central database.
Where antigen tests have been requested, laboratories must report individual official cattle ID numbers for each animal tested for antigen, and whether that result was positive or negative. Cattle testing positive will be presumed to be Persistently Infected until proved otherwise by a future test, or unless the laboratory can record with confidence that the result suggests transient infection.
Where antibody tests are required, official cattle ID numbers need not be supplied to the Scottish Government.
Laboratories must keep records for no less than three years. The Scottish Government may request access for themselves or specify that it be given to research providers on their behalf.