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:

Priority diseases we focus on include:

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
  • parasitology
  • serology of infection
  • toxicology
  • virology.

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