China moves to standardise ASF diagnostic kits

China’s Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Affairs has issued new rules aiming to standardise the production of diagnostic kits for African swine fever.
calendar icon 28 August 2020
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There are multiple diagnostic kits for ASF available in China, but experts have repeatedly raised doubts about the tests’ accuracy and quality.

The Agriculture Ministry said that from 1 January, 2021, all products used by provincial authorities in order to issue animal health certificates or for other disease monitoring purposes must have obtained an approval number from the ministry to ensure the accuracy of the results.

From 1 September, any ASF diagnostic product that has not been tested by the China Animal Disease Control Centre, has failed the test, or has been tested but is not yet registered by the centre must cease production.

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