The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) provides an essential service to the agriculture industries by conducting federally mandated regulatory testing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced changes to the current testing procedure for Swine Enteric Coronavirus disease (SECD) including Porcine Deltacorona virus (PDCoV) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV). As a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, TVMDL will implement these changes effective December 15, 2014.
In June 2014, a federal order required all diagnostic samples send for SECD testing to have a premises identification number (PIN). Beginning December 15, the USDA will pay for testing SECD and PEDV samples only if the sample submissions include a valid PIN. For samples submitted without a valid PIN, laboratories will charge the submitter of the samples for testing.
The information below details what sample types the USDA will pay to test:
USDA will pay for diagnostic testing to support the initial diagnosis of PEDV and PDCoV in swine herds and to support the monitoring and management plans of herds meeting the USDA’s case definition, regardless of the test result (positive and negative results). Samples submitted to NAHLN laboratories from farm sites or export quarantine facilities located in the United States for PEDV and PDCoV testing will be paid for by the USDA through blanket purchase agreements with the NAHLN laboratories. These samples may include individual animal samples or environmental samples that are linked to specific farm sites and live pigs. Currently the USDA will only support diagnostic testing using PCR. Support for other diagnostic assays will be considered in the future.
Approved sample types submitted for PEDV and PDCoV PCR testing eligible for reimbursement include:
- Fecal Swabs
- Oral Fluids
- Environmental Samples (specifically associated with a farm site and live pigs)
Samples submitted from truck washes, trucks, trailers, other transport vehicles, feed, feed mills, and other non-farm site samples, including those submitted for research purposes, will not be paid for by the USDA.
Please contact your NAHLN Laboratory for more information on what PEDV and PDCoV diagnostic assays are reimbursable by the USDA as well as for submission procedures for PEDV and/or PDCoV PCR testing. The local Veterinary Services district offices and NAHLN program office (NAHLN@aphis.usda.gov) are also able to answer specific questions you might have.
We value your business as a TVMDL client. You have a choice, as sample submitter, whether you share your PIN. If you need to run tests but do not have a PIN or want to share it, you may still submit the sample, but you will pay the laboratory to perform testing. Submitting a sample with a PIN alleviates the client’s need to pay for this federally reportable testing.
On the TVMDL submission form, list the PIN in the “Specimen Submitted” area of the form.
We appreciate your willingness to comply with this federal order on SECD and PEDV testing. If you have questions regarding the diagnostic services TVMDL offers, please contact one of our full service labs.
College Station: 888.646.5632
Questions regarding the USDA federal order or regulation reporting should be directed to the local or regional NAHLN lab.
Thank you for choosing TVMDL as your diagnostic laboratory.