The characterization of monoclonal antibodies raised against the foot-and-mouth disease virus isolates A22 Iraq/1964, Asia1 Shamir-Israel/1989, and SAT1 Zimbabwe/1989 with regard to neutralizing activity and sensitivity of their epitopes for treatment with trypsin, resulted in the identification of one non-neutralizing antibody in each panel that binds to a trypsin-sensitive epitope. Furthermore, each of these antibodies recognized 27 isolates of different provenance, representative of six serotypes. These antibodies are recommended for type-independent antigen detection by ELISA. The epitopes for these antibodies reside at the intertypically conserved N-terminus of capsid protein VP2. The two are specified by the lysines at positions two and three, but differ from each other as indicated by the variable heavy chain sequences of their antibodies.