The Community Animal Health Policy (CAHP) covers the health of all animals in the EU kept for food, farming, sport,
companionship, entertainment and in zoos. It also covers wild animals and animals used in research where there is a risk of them transmitting disease to other animals or to humans.
It is strongly linked to the EU’s obligations under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement adopted in
1994 in the context of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This Agreement is aimed at minimising the negative effects of unjustified health
barriers on international trade.
It persues 4 main objectives:
- To ensure a high level of public health and food safety by minimising the
incidence of biological and chemical risks to humans.
- To promote animal health by preventing/reducing the incidence of animal
diseases, and in this way to support farming and the rural economy.
- To improve economic growth/cohesion/competitiveness assuring free
circulation of goods and proportionate animal movements.
- To promote farming practices and animal welfare which prevent animal
health related threats and minimise environmental impacts in support of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy.
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