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Around the world Posted on 2019-05-21 16:50:22

OIE Reference Laboratories for Bovine Tuberculosis


Bernardo Alonso(1), Maria Laura Boschiroli(2)* & Glyn Hewinson(3)

(1) Gerencia de Laboratorios (GELAB), Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASA), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
(2) Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES), Unité Zoonoses bactériennes, Laboratoire de santé animale, Maisons-Alfort, France.
(3) Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, Weybridge, United Kingdom.

* Corresponding author: [email protected]

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The OIE has a network of experts and Reference Laboratories that are designated to pursue the scientific and technical problems relating to named diseases, such as bovine tuberculosis [1].

There are three OIE Reference Laboratories for Bovine Tuberculosis. They are located at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the United Kingdom, the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) in France, and the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) in Argentina. Each of these laboratories is also a national reference laboratory for their country.

The designated experts in the Reference Laboratories provide training, expert advice and scientific and technical assistance to personnel from Member Countries. In addition, they coordinate scientific and technical studies in collaboration with other laboratories or organisations.

The OIE Bovine Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories have the facilites and expertise to perform a broad range of specialised laboratory tests that are used in bovine tuberculosis diagnosis, as well as research to study host–bacterium interactions. The Reference Laboratory experts are also experienced in dealing with diverse epidemiological situations within their respective countries. Consequently, the OIE Bovine Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory network experts can offer their expertise and advice on a broad range of topics, including molecular methods for studying complex epidemiological aspects of bovine tuberculosis, which may involve multi-host transmission cyles between domestic livestock and wildlife.

The activities of the Bovine Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories are summarised in annual reports. These reports are intended to help raise awareness among scientists, other stakeholders, and the public of the scope of the laboratory expertise and advice that are available from the Reference Laboratories to support scientists from OIE Member Countries who work on bovine tuberculosis.

OIE Reference Laboratories for Bovine Tuberculosis

Dr Bernardo Alonso
Gerencia de Laboratorios (GELAB) del Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASA)
Avda A. Fleming 1653
1640 Martínez
Pcia de Buenos Aires
Tel. +54-11 48 36 19 92 / 11 73
[email protected]

Dr María Laura Boschiroli-Cara
Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES)
Unité Zoonoses bactériennes
Laboratoire de santé animale
23, avenue du Général de Gaulle
94706 Maisons-Alfort Cedex
Tel. +33-1 49 77 13 00
[email protected]

Prof. Glyn Hewinson
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Woodham Lane
Surrey, KT15 3NB
United Kingdom
Tel. +44-1932 34 11 11
[email protected]


  1. World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). – OIE Reference Laboratories: Overview and Terms of Reference.

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