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Animal Health Law

On 1 June 2015 the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the animal health proposal in the ordinary legislative procedure. The text of the future Regulation will undergo further procedural steps awaiting adoption by the co-legislators and subsequent publication in the Official Journal. Based on this agreement and pending the final Regulation, several of the frequently asked questions are explained in more detail here PDF.

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.

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

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