Proficiency Tests

Annual proficiency test

The EURL for Fish and Crustacean Diseases organizes an annual inter-laboratory proficiency test for the National Reference Laboratories (NRLs).


The aim of the proficiency tests is to assess the ability of participating laboratories to identify the fish diseases listed in Council Directive 2006/88/EC Annex IV part II and other current fish diseases. 


The inter-laboratory proficiency test consists of two separate parts: Proficiency test 1 and 2. Each test consists of 5 coded ampoules containing lyophilized material.

In proficiency test 1, each participating laboratory has to identify any VHSV, IHNV or EHNV content in the ampoules according to Commission Decision 2015-1554 and the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals, chapter 2.3.1.

In proficiency test 2, participants have to identify any KHV (CyHV-3) and ISAV content of the ampoules according to Commission Decision 2015-1554. Additionally SAV is included and participants can include test for it according to OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals, chapter 2.3.6 on a voluntarily basis.   

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Each participating laboratory receives a report containing information on the virus isolates in the ampoules and a summary of the results of all laboratories in a coded version. The participants are informed of their own code number and are thus able to compare their performance to that of the others. The results of the two proficiency tests will be scored independently.
10 MAY 2021