Important Changes to EIA Testing
USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services has released a new guidance document, VS Guidance 15201.1-Approval of Laboratories to Conduct Tests for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), for laboratories conducting EIA Testing. This will impact submitters in the following ways:
- Laboratories can only accept samples from federally authorized Cat II Accredited veterinarians. The AHDC will be confirming accreditation via federally maintained systems.
- By May 1, 2020 submitters must use the current federally approved EIA forms or systems, Example: VS Form 10-11 or Global Vet Link form.
- All form information/data points are required and must be filled in or indicated as N/A. Incomplete forms will be rejected and returned to submitters for completion. Beginning January 1st, 2020, the AHDC will have to start charging for the return of incomplete forms.
- Samples older than 30 days can no longer be tested, regardless of whether or not they have been frozen. The AHDC will notify the submitter when this has occurred and the test will not be performed.
At the discretion of the laboratory, amended forms can be processed as long as:
- They are received within 30 days of the draw date of the sample.
- Previously distributed copies are returned to the laboratory.
- Change of ownership is not one of the items being amended.