Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory: Services and accreditation
The Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory (BSL) is the veterinary laboratory of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
BSL performs diagnostic testing services for infectious agents, toxins and other causes of disease in animal samples. Our focus is on significant livestock and aquatic disease investigations, diseases of concern to public health and wildlife management.
Samples may be submitted by:
- private or industry veterinarians
- Biosecurity Queensland staff (veterinarians, biosecurity inspectors, researchers)
- some farmer groups (such as fish or prawn farmers).
Our activities include:
- monitoring and diagnosing diseases
- in Queensland's livestock industries
- of farmed aquatic animals
- of wildlife in cases of mass or unusual mortality
- participating in animal disease surveillance programs including:
- the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Freedom Assurance Project (TSEFAP) to maintain Australia’s freedom from BSE and scrapie
- the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) ,which monitors the distribution of insect-borne viruses to ensure market access for livestock
- the Screw-Worm Fly Surveillance and Preparedness Program (SWFSPP) for early detection of screw-worm fly which is an insect pest of warm-blooded animals
- the Evidence of Absence Surveillance Project, which seeks to increase the available evidence of absence of specified exotic diseases in pigs
- testing for health certification of animals for export, and for control of endemic animal diseases.
Priority diseases we focus on include:
- Ehrlicia canis in dogs
- African swine fever in pigs
- African horse sickness in horses
- lumpy skin disease in cattle.
We also provide a critical service in diagnosing and managing emergency terrestrial and aquatic animal diseases. Past examples of this include equine influenza and white spot disease.
BSL quality system (NATA accreditation no 13389)
BSL complies with the international standard for the competence of testing laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025:2017). Our compliance is assessed by accreditation by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). This accreditation provides confidence that we provide consistent, accurate and scientifically valid testing by technically competent staff.
We are accredited in the field of animal health for the following classes of test:
- anatomical and aquatic pathology
- microbiology including bacteriology and mycology
- molecular testing
- necropsy services
- serology of infection
- Last reviewed: 25 Sep 2020
- Last updated: 30 Sep 2020