Rabies antibody test for dogs and cats

The Research Institute for Animal Science in Biochemistry & Toxicology (RIAS), originally established in 1974, is a foundation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). RIAS conducts various tests on animal and fishery products including physical and chemical analysis, bacteriological analysis and gene diagnosis, as well as various tests of animal drugs.

Recently, RIAS has been designated as a laboratory for conducting the rabies antibody test by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries under Provisions for Import and Export Quarantine of Specified Animals (Ordinance No.68 of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 1999).

RIAS is the only testing laboratory currently designated in Japan. RIAS conducts the fluorescent antibody virus neutralization test, which is one of the methods recommended by the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).

We are happy to accept requests for testing from abroad as well as inside Japan.

Further information for submission including the price of the test is as below. We look forward to receiving your samples.

Cost of the test
Per sample, 12,000 Japanese Yen (including tax)

How to submit
Please submit samples accompanied by completed submission forms.
Please use a designated submission form, which can be downloaded and printed out on A4 paper.

Download an overseas submission form click

Instructions for sample submission

Materials and equipment necessary for the rabies antibody test available from RIAS

N.B. Canine serum samples taken from dogs outside Japan are required to be quarantined. Feline samples are not required to be quarantined. Please consult the Animal Quarantine Service (http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/index.html) for further information.

Please send a minimum of 1 ml of serum per sample using an international courier service with refrigeration.

Destination address
Division of Planning and Coordination
Research Institute for Animal Science in Biochemistry & Toxicology
3-7-11 Hashimotodai,Midori-Ku Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0132, Japan
TEL: +81(0)42-762-2775, FAX: +81(0)42-762-7979

Turnaround time
Test results will be reported per sample within 12 days of arrival (day of arrival inclusive).

Contact details: Mr. Nakamura, Div. of Planning and Coordination
TEL +81(0)42-762-2775, FAX +81(0)42-762-7979

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