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Welcome to the website for the European Union Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EURL FMD).

The European Council and the Commission have designated EURLs with scientific and technical expertise within the areas of animal health, public health and zootechnics in a number of legal acts to prevent, control and eradicate major animal diseases.

The EURL FMD was set up under Council Directive 2003/85/EC and is part of the Vesicular Diseases Reference Laboratories based at The Pirbright institute, Surrey, UK.

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