Isolation Units in England and Wales

TB Isolation Units can enable the isolation and testing of TB restricted cattle from a single source, potentially allowing them to be de-restricted (in a controlled way) before movement restrictions on other cattle groups in the herd are lifted.

> Click here for APHA application form and guidance notes for Isolation Units in Wales.


Summary of conditions for the approval and operation of Isolation Units in England:

  • Must be licenced and approved by APHA, they must have a separate and unique CPH;
  • Can only source cattle from a single TB restricted holding, not from multiple premises;
  • Strict biosecurity protocols must be in place, including wildlife proofing and protocols for movements of personnel and equipment between the unit and other cattle under the same ownership;
  • Grazing may be allowed in TB Isolation Units in annual testing areas in England, but only if APHA consider there is a low risk of local spread of infection.
  • Cattle over six weeks of age must have had a clear TB test within the previous 30 days;
  • Must be filled in a six week period;
  • Once the TB Isolation Unit has been closed, testing within the unit will be at 60 day intervals;
  • After two clear consecutive tests have been completed, and providing the last test is at least 120 days after the date that the unit was closed, restrictions may be lifted.

> Click here for APHA guidance notes for Isolation Units in England.

> Click here for APHA application form for Isolation Units in England.