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The Veterinary Residues Laboratory

The primary role of The Veterinary Residues Laboratory (VRL) is to provide expertise and laboratory analysis for the chemical analysis of animal and farm samples for the detection of residues of veterinary medicinal products, e.g. antibiotics, banned substances such as growth promoters, and contaminants such as heavy metals. The work supports DAFM’s responsibilities in relation to the National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) under Council Directive (EC) 96/23. The VRL is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for several residues groups in accordance with Commission Decision 98/536/EC including antithyroid agents, beta-agonists, chloramphenicol and dapsone, antibiotics, carbadox and chemical elements.


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