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Scottish National Reference Laboratory (NRL)

Ellis BuildingMarine Scotland Science (MSS) in Aberdeen is classified as the Scottish National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for fish, mollusc and crustacean diseases within the European Union.

As is required of an NRL, MSS has an extensive range of antibodies, reagents, molecular primers and probes used in the confirmation and characterisation of aquatic pathogens.

MSS participates in mandatory proficiency tests organised by the European Union Reference Laboratories (EURL) to ensure that high technical quality standards are met and maintained. Key functions and resources include:

EU Reference Laboratories