Health protection – collection

Brucella reference unit (BRU)

The brucella reference unit (BRU) provides laboratory reference services relating to brucella species.


  1. Documents

Brucella reference unit (BRU) services

The BRU provides:

  • advice on the diagnosis and clinical management of brucellosis
  • assistance in the diagnosis of neurobrucellosis
  • a brucella serodiagnosis service

The BRU works closely with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency, where all suspect culture isolates should be sent.

Contact the Weybridge laboratory regarding speciation and characterisation.


Brucella reference unit

Liverpool Clinical Laboratories
Virology Department
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust
Prescott Street

L9 8XP


  1. BRU: reference services

    • Detailed guide
  2. Brucella serology referral form

    • Form
  3. Brucella reference unit (BRU): managing laboratory exposure

    • Guidance
  4. Brucella reference unit (BRU): factsheet

    • Guidance