Approved rabies serology laboratories

Approved rabies serology laboratories

The pre-entry rabies antibody titration test required for dogs, cats and ferrets entering the Union from a territory or a third country not listed in Annex II to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 shall be performed in a rabies serology laboratory approved in accordance with Council Decision 2000/258/EC.

That Decision designated ANSES-Nancy Laboratory (France) to appraise, by means of inter-laboratory aptitude tests, the laboratories in EU countries or third countries for the purposes of their authorisation to carry out the serological tests to monitor the effectiveness of the anti-rabies vaccination.

Procedure to be authorised: a favourable result of the appraisal of the applicant laboratory documented by ANSES-Nancy laboratory is a pre-requisite.

  • in EU countries: on that basis, the competent authority of the EU country may authorise the applicant laboratory to carry out the serological tests to monitor the effectiveness of rabies vaccines

  • in third countries: on that basis and together with an application from the competent authorities of the third country of origin of the applicant laboratory, the laboratory is authorised in accordance with the Comitology procedure to carry out the serological tests to monitor the effectiveness of the anti-rabies vaccination.

Procedure to be maintained as authorised:

  • each authorised laboratory in EU countries and in third countries shall undergo an inter-laboratory aptitude test carried out each year by ANSES-Nancy laboratory

  • the authorisation granted to a laboratory is maintained provided that the appraisal report established by ANSES-Nancy laboratory following the inter-laboratory aptitude test is favourable

  • the inter-laboratory aptitude test is at the expense of the authorised laboratory

Laboratories authorised in EU countries​ and in third countries for verifying the effectiveness of rabies vaccination on dogs, cats and ferrets entering an EU country are listed below:

Approved rabies serology laboratories - EU Countries

Approved rabies serology laboratories - Non-EU Countries

For more information regarding other animal diseases, please refer to the European Union Reference Laboratories web section.