In April 1997, in response to the BSE crisis, the Council of the European Union implemented a system of permanent identification of individual bovine animals enabling reliable traceability from birth to death.
The basic objectives for Community rules on the identification of bovine animals are:
The system for the identification and registration of individual bovine animals includes the following elements:
Within the Action Plan of the Animal Health Strategy the following actions are foreseen to improve the existing traceability system for bovine animals:
An annual report in accordance with Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1082/2003 is to be submitted to the Commission by each Member State electronically on the following address: SANTE-ID-REPORTS@ec.europa.eu