Welcome to the website for the European Union Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue.
The European Council and the Commission have designated European Union Reference Laboratories (EURLs) with scientific and technical expertise within the areas of animal health, public health and zootechnics in a number of legal acts to prevent, control and eradicate major animal diseases.
The European Union Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue was set up under Council Directive 2000/75/EC and is part of the Non-Vesicular Diseases Reference Laboratories based at The Pirbright Institute, Surrey, UK.
What is Bluetongue?
Bluetongue is a viral disease of ruminants (cows, sheep, deer, etc.) and is transmitted by midges of the Culicoides genus.Read about the Bluetongue virus
Information for NRLs
We host useful information for National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) that test for Bluetongue in a password protected section of this site.Go to the EURL private pages
EURL for Bluetongue
The European Union Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue is currently based in the Non-Vesicular Diseases Reference Laboratories at the Pirbright Institute, UK.More About Us