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APHA laboratory test submissions and price lists

How to find information on the laboratory testing services and prices for animal disease diagnosis provided by APHA.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) provides three services for the laboratory testing of animal samples - for disease surveillance, for export and captive avian import tests and through APHA Scientific.

There is a price list for each service which includes information about the tests including:

  • type of tests available
  • turnaround time
  • which animal species the test is for
  • type and quantity of sample required
  • test set-up days
  • accreditation status

For some tests, there is also more detailed scientific data provided.

To find out which service applies to you, please read the information below and use the link to the relevant price list.

Disease surveillance

Use the APHA animal disease testing service to submit your samples for diagnostic testing, with free postage, sample tracking and easy access to test information and results. To find out more see the ADTS brochure (PDF, 1.91MB, 4 pages) and ADTS FAQ's (PDF, 571KB, 9 pages) .

Access the disease surveillance tests price list – updated 1 July 2019

Further details about our diagnostic service is also available.

Prices quoted apply to tests on samples from farmed animals in Great Britain submitted by private veterinary surgeons to APHA Veterinary Investigation Centres for diagnostic purposes. Some of the tests and services in this price list are subsidised by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Export and captive avian import tests

Access the export test price list (PDF, 450KB, 8 pages) – updated 1 July 2019

Prices quoted apply to:

  • tests on animals for export purposes
  • import of captive avians – statutory tests required under EU directives
  • tests for some artificial insemination purposes

For enquiries contact: Telephone: +44 (0)208 4152280
Fax: +44 (0)1932 357838
Email lab.services@apha.gov.uk

APHA offers a fast track testing service for some tests. For further information, contact the general enquiry point on 0208 4152280.

There is an additional charge of £61.20 per sample per test for using the fast track service. Please indicate on the APHA submission form where this service is required.

Customers should note that a request does not guarantee the fast track service. Although we will try to meet all requirements for fast tracking of tests, this may not always be possible. You should always refer to our published turnaround times when making dependent arrangements.

Test results will be emailed, so please include the appropriate email address on the submission form.

APHA Scientific

Access the APHA Scientific tests price list – updated 1 July 2019

APHA also offers a range of tests for purposes outside those listed above. These include:

  • submissions not appropriate for UK disease surveillance purposes
  • tests on samples from companion animals
  • animals outside the UK at the time of sampling

For further information, see the APHA Scientific website.

General terms and conditions

See our General terms and conditions (PDF, 93.5KB, 1 page) that apply to testing where no specific contract is signed.

Submission forms

Submissions forms are available on the APHA Vet Gateway.

Contact

If you have any queries about the diagnostic tests, contact your local APHA Veterinary Investigation Centre (VIC).

For all other enquiries contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)208 4152280
Fax: +44 (0)1932 357838
Email lab.services@apha.gov.uk

Published 20 January 2015
Last updated 22 July 2019 + show all updates
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