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On 6 May 2013, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a single, comprehensive animal health law to replace the complicated animal health rules currently in place.

  • The huge number of legal acts relating to animal health would be streamlined into a single law.
  • Simpler and clearer rules would free up time, enabling authorities and those having to follow the rules to focus on key priorities: preventing and eradicating disease.
  • Responsibilities would be clarified for farms, vets and others dealing with animals.
  • The new rules would allow greater use of new technologies for animal health activities - surveillance of pathogens, electronic identification and registration of animals.
  • Better early detection & control of animal diseases, including emerging diseases linked to climate change, would help the EU meet with international standards.
  • There would be more flexibility to adjust rules to local circumstances, and to emerging issues such as climate and social change.

Key documents:

All official EU language versions of the final proposal and the executive summary of the Impact Assessment can be accessed on the following page (when you are on those pages, please choose the preferred language in the drop down menu of the top right corner).

The animal health law is part of a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain.

It is particularly linked to the proposal on official controls, as a high level of health along the agri-food chain depends on consistent, effective and timely enforcement of EU standards by the Member States.

The animal health law proposal is an important part of the Animal Health Strategy 2007-2013, “Prevention is better than cure” and has been done in consultation with interested parties among them with key European stakeholders in the Animal Health Advisory Committee

For further information, contact SANCO-animalhealthlaw@ec.europa.eu

 
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