In 2003, the Commission organised a Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG) to collect scientific and technical background information for the revision. The experts from Member States, industry, science and academia as well as from animal welfare organisations worked through a set of questions prepared by the Commission. The results of the TEWG provide an important input for the revision of the Directive. However, the TEWG highlighted four specific questions as requiring further scientific input.
The Animal Health and Animal Welfare Panel (AHAW) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the appropriate scientific body advising the Commission on scientific matters relating to animal health and animal welfare. Therefore to obtain the most recent scientific information, the Commission requested AHAW to provide an opinion on these four questions. AHAW started the work in March 2005 and the Opinion was adopted on 14 November 2005.
The four questions concern