Brucellosis is the generic name used for the animal and human infections caused by several species of the genus Brucella, mainly Brucella abortus, B. melitensis and B. suis. Brucellosis is a regulated disease in Europe and is listed by OIE.

EU Animal Health Law

Regulation (EU) 2016/429

[relayed from EC website] The European Parliament and the Council adopted the Regulation on transmissible animal diseases (“Animal Health Law”) in March 2016.

The Regulation was published in the Official Journal on 31 March 2016 and the full text is available here.

Overall, the single, comprehensive new animal health law will support the EU livestock sector in its quest towards competitiveness and safe and smooth EU market of animals and of their products.

Legislation on animal products for human consumption (meat and milk)

Regulation (EC) No 853/2004

Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the EP and of the Council: laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin (Annex III, section IX, chapter I). - Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the EP and of the Council: laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption (Annex I, section IV, chapter IX).

Legislation on official controls

Regulation (EU) 2017/625,

Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 addresses official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products (Official Controls Regulation - OCR). Main elements of regulation can be found on the following webpage:


World Organization for Animal Health

[relayed from]

The Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals (Terrestrial Manual) aims to facilitate international trade in animals and animal products and to contribute to the improvement of animal health services world-wide. The principal target readership is laboratories carrying out veterinary diagnostic tests and surveillance, plus vaccine manufacturers and regulatory authorities in Member Countries. The objective is to provide internationally agreed diagnostic laboratory methods and requirements for the production and control of vaccines and other biological products.


The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code) provides standards for the improvement of animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide, including through standards for safe international trade in terrestrial animals (mammals, reptiles, birds and bees) and their products. The health measures in the Terrestrial Code should be used by the Veterinary Authorities of importing and exporting countries to provide for early detection, reporting and control agents that are pathogenic to animals or humans, and to prevent their transfer via international trade in animals and animal products, while avoiding unjustified sanitary barriers to trade.

For more information, see our webpage "Web documents, Guidelines & Tools"

List of OIE reference laboratories