Appendix 11

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Laboratory Registration Scheme

The HBLB Codes of Practice on equine diseases recommend testing horses before breeding for three types of bacteria: the contagious equine metritis organism (CEMO), or Taylorella equigenitalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Samples should be sent to a laboratory within the HBLB Registration scheme for testing.

HBLB registration is only available to laboratories that successfully complete two Quality Assessment (QA) tests per year. The Veterinary Laboratories Agency conducts the QA testing on the HBLB's behalf.

The HBLB's scheme for registration of laboratories for the purposes of testing for the CEMO, P. aeruginosa and K. pneumoniae runs annually from 1 December to 30 November. The list of Registered Laboratories is published annually in The Veterinary Record and is also published here:

PDF Download: Laboratories in the HBLB registration scheme

Ireland, France and Italy also publish lists of registered laboratories, (although these laboratories are not within the HBLB laboratory registration scheme) for further information please click here:

PDF Downloads: Laboratories registered (non-HBLB) in FranceFrench Addresses and Codes

PDF Downloads: Laboratories registered (non-HBLB) in Ireland

PDF Downloads: Laboratories registered (non-HBLB) in Italy