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Food Safety

Health - Regulatory Committees - Standing Veterinary Committee 

Short report of the meeting (2000/26) held in Brussels on 03-04 October 2000

President: Mr. Bernard Van Goethem

All the Member States were represented, except Denmark and Sweden for point 26, 27 and 29

1. Exchange of views of the Committee on the evolution of animal diseases in the Community including:

Classical swine fever

United Kingdom

The UK delegation distributed and presented report nr. 4, providing an update of the classical swine fever situation. The total number of outbreaks confirmed stands at 15. With the exception of one outbreak in Essex, all the holdings on which CSF has been confirmed are in Suffolk (6) and Norfolk (8). The protection and surveillance zones around the outbreak in Essex were lifted on 22/09/2000 (see also point 20).

The report also contained detailed information on the individual outbreaks since the last report, as well as on the control measures taken and the epidemiological investigations.

Foot-and-mouth disease

Greece

The Greek delegation distributed and presented a 6 th follow-up report on the evolution of foot-and-mouth disease in Greece as at 30/09/2000). No new outbreak of FMD was reported since 13/09/2000 and results of a serological survey demonstrate that FMD has been eradicated from Xanthi and had never spread to Rodopi. Greece therefore requested the restriction measures to be lifted in both the regions (see also point 19).

Bluetongue

Greece

The Greek delegation referred to the written report, which was distributed at the last SVC meeting. No new outbreaks have occurred since then. The representative also presented an update of the results of the epidemio-surveillance programme, which was set up in accordance with Decision 2000/350/EC 1 . The delegate provided provisional results in relation to sero-monitoring of sentinel bovines and vector monitoring.

Italy

The Italian delegation distributed and presented a report on the bluetongue situation updated until 27.09.2000. A total of 1391 outbreaks have been recorded.

The representative also tabled the problem of movements of healthy animals to slaughterhouses in Sardinia considering that no specific rules had been drawn up for these cases. He requested to allow movements of these animals within Sardinia. The Commission said to have no objection to these movements.

The Commission also expressed the need to have data on vector populations for the inland.

France informed the Committee that surveillance for bluetongue has been set up in Corsica.

Newcastle disease

Italy

The Italian delegation agreed to prolong the application of the statement made at the SVC of 05-06 September 2000 concerning the intra-community trade of live poultry and hatching eggs with regard to Newcastle disease, until at least 15 November 2000.

Avian influenza

Italy

The Italian delegation provided updated information concerning the epidemiological situation in relation to the low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) situation in the Verona Province. To date, 40 outbreaks have been recorded.

The delegate said that the Italian authorities envisaged emergency vaccination (see also points 6 and 28)

West Nile fever

France

The French delegation reported that the first outbreak was confirmed on 08/09/2000 in the south of France. Since this first detection, 32 cases have been recorded. In addition to these confirmed cases, veterinarians made mention of a certain number of clinical suspicion or had identified certain pathologies, which could be associated to encephalitis. The delegate also gave details in relation to the measures taken: movement restrictions, serological investigation, monitoring and planned extermination of mosquitoes as possible vectors in the area.

The Commission explained that the current legislation was not adapted for West Nile fever or for vector borne diseases in general and that reviewing of Community legislation should be considered. For now, however, the only solution was to take a safeguard clause, mainly for the purpose of implementing movement restrictions. The Commission had therefore adopted Decision 2000/552/EC 2 on its own initiative (see also point 34).

Infectious haematopoietic necrosis

France

The French delegation gave an update of the situation and reported 3 new outbreaks. Movement restrictions were put in place.

Germany

The German delegation reported 4 cases since beginning 2000, all in rainbow trout production holdings.

Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia

Sweden

The Swedish delegation gave an update of the situation. The fish in the infected holding have been slaughtered and the holding disinfected.

Finland

The Finnish delegation reported an update regarding the 3 outbreaks detected in 2000. The farms have been depopulated and disinfected.

2. Information from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg on the classical swine fever situation in the wild boar

Belgium, Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg reported on the classical swine fever situation in the wild boar, providing results on the surveillance carried out in the year 2000.

In Belgium and Luxembourg surveillance did not confirm any presence of the disease. Italy and France recorded no major changes. The results in Germany showed an improvement compared to the situation in 1999.

Prof. Dr. V. Kaden presented the results of oral vaccination trials carried out in Germany (Doc. Sanco/2814/2000)

3. Information from the Commission on the TAEIX meeting on control of classical swine fever in wild boar, held in Bucharest

The Commission distributed a draft working document entitled "Guidelines for monitoring of classical swine fever in wild boar in EU Member States and candidate countries" (Doc. Sanco/2846/2000), which had been presented and discussed by EU experts during a meeting in Bucharest.

4. "wasting cattle" disease: information from The Netherlands on the actions taken in relation to the recommendations of the FVO report (document Sanco/1169/2000).

The Dutch delegation reported on the situation of the "wasting cattle" in the NL. All the recent investigations suggested that the problem was fading out. No risk for public health has ever been identified in relation to it. The NL representative also pointed out that the recommendations of the FVO had been taken into full consideration and actions taken accordingly. Some investigations are still on-going and the Commission will be informed of the further results of these investigations as soon as they are available.

5. "wasting cattle" disease: review of the information available from the Member States on the occurence, origin and potential consequences of this disease (request of the Commission of 25 July 2000)

Requested to report on the situation, the Member States said not to have registered similar cases. In Italy, in 1999 one clinical manifestation was linked to the use of an IBR vaccine contaminated with BVD, similarly to he twelve cases that had been identified also in the NL in the same year. EMEA and the Commission had been informed of this in due time.

6. Information from Italy on the request to vaccinate against avian influenza in certain parts of Italy (region of Veneto) (doc. Sanco/2695/2000)

Italy reiterated its request to apply an emergency vaccination programme against LPAI in the Verona Province (see point 1). The delegate explained that, although all the health policy measures envisaged by Directive 92/40/EEC 3 were applied, the disease might involve to adjoining areas. The Italian authorities deemed it therefore opportune to supplement the measures already adopted with an emergency vaccination programme.

The Italian delegation presented in great detail the proposed vaccination programme and the trade conditions. The presentation was followed by an extensive discussion on the implementation and the benefits of a vaccination.

None of the Member States was opposed to the application of the vaccination programme requested by Italy. Only one Member States had some reservations.

See also point 28.

7. Information from the Commission on the situation in relation to foot-and-mouth disease antigen in the EC banks (doc.Sanco/2859/2000)

The Commission distributed a document providing information on the current stocks of FMD antigen and the distribution in the designated European antigen banks. The document also contained information in relation to the intended quantity and strains to be purchased through a tender procedure in 2000.

8. Information from the Member States and exchange of views of the Committee on the progress of eradication and monitoring programmes, in particular with regard to the evolution of incidence and prevalence of the disease in the different regions of the Member State concerned, including adjacent Third Countries; and with regard to the implementation of the measures foreseen in the programme :

RABIES: Luxembourg - Finland - Belgium - France - Germany - Austria - Italy

Postponed.

9. Information in relation to the animal health situation in Zimbabwe

The Commission informed the Member States that the animal health situation in Zimbabwe seemed not to have deteriorated. The problems are situated outside the EU catchment areas. For the moment, no further action seems necessary.

The Commission also submitted a request from the veterinary authorities of Zimbabwe to allow movements of non-vaccinated animals from non-EC approved catchment areas for direct slaughter, but only for local consumption of the meat from these animals (Doc. Sanco/2849/2000). The Member States agreed to the Commission's proposal to ask for additional guarantees.

10. Information concerning the confirmation of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak (virus type o) in a FMD-free region in South Africa (doc. Sanco/2735/2000+addendum)

The Commission distributed information in relation to the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) situation in South Africa. There have been 2 outbreaks (virus type O1), near Durban, in adjacent farms situated in the EC recognised FMD free area. The information received showed that extensive serological surveillance is being carried out in the area. The Commission announced that an FVO mission was imminent to ascertain the situation on the spot.

The Commission also expressed the need, in the light of the current situation, to further regionalise South Africa (see point 26).

11. Information about the evolution of the foot-and-mouth disease situation in certain South American countries. Preliminary results of a mission carried out by the FVO

The Commission presented the preliminary results of a mission to Argentina, which was undertaken as a consequence of the confirmation on 10 August 2000, by the Argentinean competent authority, of FMD virus isolation and serological positive tests. Four of 10 bovines tested gave a positive result. According to declarations made by Argentina, the animals seemed to come originally from Paraguay. The Argentinean competent authority has declared the situation to be under control in the country and in the three established protection zones.

In Paraguay, there seems to be no evidence of FMD. However, vaccination was being carried out in the border area with Argentina and Brazil. The Commission deemed that situation worrying and said that further explanations will be needed.

12. Information on call for tender in relation to safety and potency testing of foot-and-mouth disaese vaccine and bluetongue vaccine (doc. Sanco/2007/2000)

The Commission distributed the above document for information of the Member States. It contained technical specifications to the invitation to tender for testing of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines and bluetongue vaccines.

13. Information on the West Nile fever situation in the U.S.A.

The Commission distributed information on the West Nile fever (WNV) situation in the U.S.A. (Sanco/2860/2000). Since the beginning of the year, 15 confirmed cases have been recorded in horses. A variety of mammals and birds were also reported as positive for WNV. Human cases were also reported.

See also point 33.

14. Information - list of approved staging points based on Article 3 of Council Regulation (EC)1255/97 4 (doc. Sanco/2677/99-rev. 16)

The Commission distributed the above list.

15. Reminder to the Member States of their obligations in relation to Article 7 of Directives 91/629/EC 5 and 91/630/EC 6 as well as to Article 8 of Directive 91/628/EC 7

The Commission reminded the Member States of their obligation to report on the results of inspections carried out in application of the above Directives. Some Member States had not yet transmitted the required data. The Commission urged these Member States to send in the information concerned.

16. Information - lists of the laboratories approved by the Member States for the importation of equidae coming from Eastern Europe (Dec 93/682/EC modifying certificate "b" of 93/197/EEC 8 ) (doc. Sanco/2790/2000)

The Commission distributed the above list of laboratories approved by Member States.

The Commission agreed to provide information in relation to a mission in Romania during which appeared that the listed laboratory in Bucharest did not carry out the required test.

17. Information - «risk analysis» documents from Australia (doc. Sanco/2792/2000 and Sanco/2861/2000)

The Commission presented the above documents with a request for comments from the Member States within 10 working days.

The document contained four "Risk analysis" documents from Australia on the following items:

  • A scientific review of leptospirosis and implications for quarantine policy draft report
  • Draft conditions for the import of commercial rabbits from Member States of the EU
  • Discussion paper on bovine herpesvirus 1
  • Import risk analysis for prawns and prawn products

18. Information - «risk analysis» documents from New Zealand (doc. Sanco/2801/2000)

The Commission presented the above documents with a request for comments from the Member States within 10 working days. The document contained a risk analysis on hen's eggs.

19. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on the evolution of animal diseases in the Community and in Third Countries.

The Commission introduced the following draft Decisions:

1. Draft Commission Decision amending for the third time Decision 2000/486/EC concerning certain protection measures with regard to foot-and-mouth disease in Greece (Doc. Sanco/2866/2000)

In the light of the favourable disease evolution, the Commission proposed to lift the protection measures for Xanthi and Rodopi. The restrictions concerning meat and live animals are maintained in Evros.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

2. Draft Commission Decision on marking and use of pigmeat in application of Article 9 of Council Directive 80/217/EEC 9 concerning the United Kingdom (Doc. Sanco/2882/2000 - Rev.1).

Following a further request of the United Kingdom, the Commission proposed to prolong until 15 November 2000, the measures adopted by Decision 2000/543/EC as regards a specific solution concerning marking and use of pigmeat coming from pigs kept on holdings situated in one surveillance zone established in Norfolk and slaughtered, subject to a specific authorisation issued by the competent authority.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

3. Draft Commission Decision 97/467/EC drawing up provisional lists of third country establishments from which Member States authorise imports of rabbit meat and farmed game meat (Doc. Sanco/2835/2000).

The Commission proposed to prolong until 30 April 2001, the possibility for Member States to bilaterally authorise establishments in third countries for import of ratite meat. This time period will allow drawing up a third countries list of establishments and the competent authorities of third countries to provide the Commission with the necessary health guarantees, without disruption of existing trade.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

20. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the second time Decision 2000/528/EC concerning certain protection measures relating to classical swine fever in the United Kingdom (doc. Sanco/2779/2000)

Following the favourable evolution of the disease situation, the Commission proposed to lift the protection measures in the county of Essex. The Commission also proposed to prolong the restrictions in Norfolk and Suffolk until 15 November.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

21. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down the rules for technical and scientific measures concerning the control of african swine fever and the financial contribution from the Community to Portugal (doc. Sanco/1935/2000)

The point was withdrawn from the agenda.

22. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on the list of programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and on the list of programmes of checks aimed at the prevention of zoonoses qualifying for a financial contribution from the Community in 2001 (doc. Sanco/2579/2000 - rev.1)

In accordance with Council Decision 90/424/EEC 10 , the Commission has each year to adopt a list of programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and for the control of zoonoses qualifying for a financial contribution from the Community for the following year. The list should also include the proposed rate and amount of the contribution for each programme. The draft Decision presented meets that obligation for 2001. The Commission's representative pointed out that the programmes set out in the proposal would have to be approved individually at a later date.

The Commission also explained that the highest priority was given to diseases with an impact on public health and to diseases appearing on list A of the O.I.E.

Vote: 82 votes in favour; 5 abstentions.

23. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on the list of programmes for the monitoring of B.S.E. qualifying for a financial contribution from the Community in 2001 (doc. Sanco/2580/2000 - rev.1)

In accordance with Council Decision 90/424/EEC, the Commission has each year to adopt a list of programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases qualifying for a financial contribution from the Community for the following year. The list should also include the proposed rate and amount of the contribution for each programme. The draft Decision presented meets that obligation for the programmes submitted by the Member States for BSE to be financially supported in 2001.

Vote: 82 votes in favour; 5 abstentions.

24. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning a specific financial contribution by the Community relating to the surveillance programme of campylobacter in broilers presented by Sweden (doc. Sanco/2789/2000)

The point was withdrawn from the agenda.

25. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decision 93/402/EEC concerning animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of fresh meat from South American countries to take into account some aspects regarding Chile (doc. Sanco/2005/2000 - rev.1)

The draft Decision aims to amend Decision 93/402/EEC by establishing the animal health conditions and the model of certificate to be required on imports into the EC of pig meat from Chile.

Vote: 77 votes in favour; 10 votes against.

26. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decision 1999/283/EC concerning the animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of fresh meat from certain African countries to take account of the animal health situation in South Africa (doc. Sanco/2743/2000)

In the light of the current FMD situation in South Africa, the Commission proposed to redefine the territory of South Africa from which imports into the Community of fresh meat are authorised. The measures proposed to prohibit imports from a number of districts around the outbreak in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Vote: 80 votes in favour; 7 votes absent.

27. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision approving contingency plans for the control of avian influenza and newcastle disease (doc. Sanco/2411/2000)

Council Directives 92/40/EEC 11 and 92/66/EEC 12 state that each Member States shall draw up a contingency plan, specifying the national measures to be implemented in the event of an outbreak of respectively avian influenza or Newcastle disease. The draft Decision aims to approve the plans submitted by Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

Vote: 80 votes in favour; 7 votes absent.

28. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision concerning vaccination against avian influenza in Italy (doc. Sanco/2800/2000-rev.2)

Italy has reported the reoccurrence of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) infections in poultry (see point 1). LPAI can mutate to a highly pathogenic AI virus, causing devastating economic losses for the poultry industry. Vaccination can be a tool to supplement the measures for the control of AI. Italy has presented a vaccination programme to complete the measures to control AI. The purpose of the proposal was to approve the vaccination programme presented by Italy and to lay down specific movement control measures to be applied by Italy.

Vote: 82 votes in favour; 5 abstentions.

The Commission made the following statement:

"The eventual direct or indirect costs resulting from this Decision cannot be co-financed by the Community."

The Commission also agreed to organise a working group to possibly review the vaccination programme, if necessary. All the Member States can delegate two experts.

The Austrian delegation made the following statement:

"Österreich stimmt dem Einsatz einer inaktivierten Influenza-Vakzine zu. Für die Zukunft wäre jedoch zur Erhöhung der Sicherheit bei der Anwendung von Influenza-Impfstoffen die Entwicklung und die Anwendung von Spaltvakzinen vorzusehen."

29. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the third time Decision 1999/549/EC concerning certain protective measures relating to newcastle disease in Australia (doc. Sanco/2694/2000)

Following several outbreaks on Newcastle disease in the region of New South Wales in Australia, the Commission adopted Decision 1999/549/EC, as amended. The adopted measures are applicable until 1 November 2000. The Commission explained that the disease situation and the control measures still remain unclear and therefore proposed to maintain the measures until 1 November 2001. The Decision is to be reviewed in the light of the disease evolution.

Vote: 80 votes in favour; 7 votes absent.

30. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Decision 2000/293/EC on financial aid from the Community for the operation of certain community reference laboratories in the field of animal health and live animals in relation to rabies (doc. Sanco/599/2000-rev.1)

The purpose of the proposal is, in accordance with Council Decision 90/424/EEC 13 , to provide Community financial assistance to assist the newly established Community reference laboratory for Rabies testing (A.F.S.S.A., Nancy - France) in carrying out its functions and duties for a period of 6 months.

Vote: 77 votes in favour; 10 votes against.

31. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down the codified form and the codes for the notification of animal diseases pursuant to Council Directive 82/894/EEC 14 and repealing Decisions 84/90/EEC and 90/442/EEC (doc Sanco/396/2000 - rev.6)

The purpose of the draft Decision is to update and consolidate the Decisions laying down the codified forms, disease information requirements and the codes to be used for the notification of animal disease.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

32. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on financial assistance from the Community for storage in France, Italy and the United Kingdom of antigen for production of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine and amending Commission Decision 2000/112/EC (doc. Sanco/1482/2000 - rev.3)

The antigen for the production of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine is stored in three banks situated at Lyon in France, Brescia in Italy and Pirbright in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the draft Decision is to provide Community financial aid in accordance with Council Decision 90/424/EEC so as to allow the banks to provide their services to the Community during 2000.

Furthermore, the proposal aims to amend Decision 2000/112/EC 15 so as to take account of the delay in antigen transfer between the Animal Health Institute Pirbright to Merial S.A.S Pirbright. Therefore, the Animal Health Institute continued to provide the services of an antigen bank during the first 6 months of 2000.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

33. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Decision 2000/551/EC on certain protection measures with regard to equidae coming from certain parts of the United States of America affected by west nile fever (doc. Sanco/2730/2000-rev.1)

Cases of West Nile fever have been reported in horses in certain parts of the U.S.A. (see also point 13). The Commission, on its own initiative, therefore adopted Decision 2000/551/EC on certain protection measures with regard to equidae from parts of the U.S.A affected. In order to adapt the measures to the current epidemiological situation and the test requirements to the technique used in the exporting country, the Commission proposed to amend the above mentioned Decision.

Vote: 67 votes in favour; 10 votes against; 10 abstentions.

34. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending Commission Decision 2000/552/EC on certain protection measures with regard to the movement of equidae within and dispatch from certain parts of France affected by west nile fever (doc. Sanco/2784/2000-rev.1)

Cases of West Nile fever have been reported in horses in certain departments in the south of France (see also point 1). The Commission, on its own initiative, therefore adopted Decision 2000/552/EC on certain protection measures with regard to movement of equidae. In order to adapt the measures to the current epidemiological situation, the Commission proposed to amend the above mentioned Decision.

Vote: 67 votes in favour; 10 votes against; 10 abstentions.

35. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the third time Decisions 1999/466/EC and 1999/467/EC establishing respectively the officially brucellosis-free and tuberculosis-free status of bovine herds of certain Member States or regions of Member States (doc. Sanco/2783/2000)

Commission Decisions 1999/466/EC and 1999/467/EC, as amended by Decision 2000/442/EC, granted the status of respectively brucellosis-free and tuberculosis-free bovine herds to certain Member States and regions thereof until 31 October 2000. This temporary limitation of the officially-free status was introduced due to incoherence of dates in different pieces of legislation relating to the system of identification of bovine animals. As far as the regions Bolzano and Trento in Italy and Great Britain in the UK are concerned, bovine animals are identified in accordance with Community legislation in force (Directive 64/432/EEC 16 , as amended by Directive 2000/20/EC). The Commission therefore proposed to withdraw the time limit for the officially-free status for these regions.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

36. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision amending for the third time Commission Decision 1999/507/CE on certain protection measures with regard to certain fruit bats, dogs and cats coming from Malaysia (peninsula) and Australia (doc. Sanco/2787/2000)

Decision 1999/507/EC introduced additional conditions for imports of cats from Australia related to Hendra disease. Since the adoption of the Decision, no outbreak of Hendra disease was reported. Therefore the requirement for laboratory testing for cats imported should be withdrawn for cats imported from Australia and provisions should be made for cats in transit through an international airport. This was the purpose of the draft Decision.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

37. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision laying down detailed rules for registration of holdings in national databases for porcine animals as foreseen by Council Directive 64/432/EEC (doc. Sanco/1438/2000- rev.1)

Member States, which have not yet introduced an approved surveillance network system, shall ensure that a computer database is fully operational for

1. a register of holdings of porcine animals from 31 December 2000;

2. for movements of porcine animals from their holding of birth, by 31 December 2001; and

3. from all other holdings, by 31 December 2002.

The subject of this project is to fix the data that this database should contain concerning information on the registration of holdings with porcine animals (1).

Upon request of the UK, the Commission confirmed that the data field mentioned in Article 1(e) could be replaced by a link to another file in the same database as a transitional solution. The Commission also confirmed, in the interest of clarity, that the entry of data in that same field was optional.

Vote: 77 votes in favour; 10 votes against.

38. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on financial aid from the Community for the operation of certain community reference laboratories in the field of veterinary public health (biological risks) (doc. Sanco/305/2000 - rev.2)

The purpose of the draft Decision was to provide Community financial assistance to enable the Community reference laboratories monitoring biological hazards to carry out their functions and duties for a period of 12 months.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

39. Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Decision on financial aid from the Community for the work of certain community reference laboratories in the veterinary public health field (residues) (doc. Sanco/2810/2000)

The purpose of the draft Decision was to provide Community financial assistance to enable the Community reference laboratories for the detection of residues to carry out their functions and duties for a period of 12 months.

Vote: unanimous vote in favour.

40. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision concerning the animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of live animals of bovine and porcine species from certain Third Countries and repealing Commission Decisions 83/494/EEC, 92/460/EEC, 92/463/EEC, 93/491/EEC, 96/650/EC and 98/372/EC (doc. Sanco/233/2000 - rev.1)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation.

Directive 96/93/EC 17 lays down standards for certification, which are necessary for valid certification and to prevent fraud. It is therefore appropriate to ensure that the rules and principles applied by third-country certifying officers provide guarantees which are at least equivalent to those laid down in this Directive.

In order to clarify and simplify the Community legislation the Commission proposed to group together the health conditions required for imports of domestic animals of the bovine and porcine species from third countries and to repeal the decisions in force for those countries.

The draft distributed took account of the comments made by the Member States at the previous meeting.

41. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision for safety and potency testing of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines and bluetongue vaccine (doc. Sanco/1894/2000 - rev.1)

The Commission distributed the above proposal for study and observation.

The FMD virus antigen strains purchased by Decision 93/590/EC 18 need to be tested for potency with the objective to ensure that the quality of the reserves is adequate. By Decision 98/64/EC 19 it was agreed that the Commission would make arrangements for testing of certain FMD vaccines produced in Turkey for immunisation of susceptible animals kept in Turkish Thrace. By Decision 2000/292/EC 20 the Community has established a bluetongue vaccine emergency stock. The purpose of the draft Decision is to provide for the engagement of the financial resources in 2000 for the testing of these foot-and-mouth disease vaccines and bluetongue vaccines important for the prevention of disease outbreaks in the Member States.

42. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending Annexes a, c and e to Council Directive 92/65/EEC laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific community rules referred to in annex a (1) to Directive 90/425/EEC 21 (doc Sanco/1971/2000 rev 4)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation. The document has been prepared on the basis of discussions in 2 expert working groups.

Member States are experiencing difficulties in the implementation of Council Directive 92/65/EEC governing trade in animals going to approved bodies, institutions or centres for display, education, conservation or research; and difficulties in approving these bodies, institutions or centres under the present requirements. It seemed also necessary to introduce a specific certificate for trade concerning these animals and to clarify the list of notifiable diseases. The Commission therefore proposed to amend the annexes A, C and E in the above Directive accordingly.

43. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending Annex i chapter 14 of Council Directive 92/118/EEC laying down animal health and public health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of products not subject to the said requirements laid down in specific community rules referred to in Annex a (1) to Directive 89/662/EEC 22 and, as regards pathogens to Directive 90/425/EEC (doc Sanco/2685/2000)

The Commission distributed and presented the above proposal for study and observation.

The proposal intends to introduce better control on cross border trade in unprocessed manure in view of possible animal disease risks and, in such movements, to take into account the Aujeszky's disease status of Member States.

44. Exchange of views on a draft Commission Decision amending for the second time Decision 92/532/EEC laying down the sampling plans and diagnostic methods for the detection and confirmation of certain fish diseases, as amended by Decision 96/240/EEC (VHS and IHN) (doc. Sanco/1965/2000)

The draft Decision aims, in the light of new practical and scientific developments, to update the sampling plans and diagnostic methods for the detection and confirmation of certain fish diseases.

The Commission aimed to present an amended version of the above proposal. However, the opinions received from the MS after the presentation at the SVC-meeting of 04-05/07/2000 were quite divided (in spite of the fact that it was agreed upon by the National Reference Laboratories - NRL - of the MS). The comments received by the MS were therefore discussed at the Annual Laboratory meeting of NRL for fish diseases on 26-27 September and an agreement for amendments was reached. The amended draft is scheduled for presentation on the SVC 7-8 November 2000.

45. Miscellaneous

1. NL informed the Committee that Swiss importers ask for a declaration of absence of antibiotics in fish and asked the Commission how to handle this certification problem.

2. The Commission (FVO) presented the report of a mission carried out in the USA in relation to suspected TSE in sheep from Belgium and the Netherlands. Post mortem tests for TSE diagnosis had shown brain changes, but not typical TSE. B and NL said to have checked the holdings concerned with negative results before issuing the certificates.

3. The Commission asked the Member States' authorisation to interrogate the ANIMO database with the purpose to study the possibility to grant additional guarantees to Member States. The delegations present agreed.

N.B. The proposals on which the Committee expressed an opinion are subject to a defined procedure in relation to the formal adoption by the Commission.

Mission reports are available on the Internet

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1 2000/350/EC: Commission Decision of 2 May 2000 on epidemiological surveillance of bluetongue in Greece and certain measures to prevent the spread of the disease

2 2000/552/EC: Commission Decision of 15 September 2000 on certain protection measures with regard to movement of equidae within and dispatch from certain parts of France affected by West Nile fever

3 Council Directive 92/40/EEC of 19 May 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of avian influenza

4 Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 of 25 June 1997 concerning Community criteria for staging points and amending the route plan referred to in the Annex to Directive 91/628/EEC

5 Council Directive 91/629/EEC of 19 November 1991 laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves

6 Council Directive 91/630/EEC of 19 November 1991 laying down minimum standards fo the protection of pigs

7 Council Directive 91/628/EEC of 19 November 1991 on the protection of animals during transport and amending Directives 90/425/EEC and 91/496/EEC

8 93/197/EEC: Commission Decision of 5 February 1993 on animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of registered equidae and equidae for breeding and production

9 Council Directive 80/217/EEC of 22 January 1980 introducing Community measures for the control of classical swine fever

10 90/424/EEC: Council Decision of 26 June 1990 on expenditure in the veterinary field

11 Council Directive 92/40/EEC of 19 May 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of avian influenza

12 Council Directive 92/66/EEC of 14 July 1992 introducing Community measures for the control of Newcastle disease

13 90/424/EEC: Council Decision of 26 June 1990 on expenditure in the veterinary field

14 Council Directive 82/894/EEC of 21 December 1982 on the notification of animal diseases within the Community

15 2000/112/EC: Commission Decision of 14 January 2000 detailing the distribution between antigen banks of antigen reserves established within the framework of the Community action concerning reserves of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines and amending Commission Decisions 93/590/EC and 97/348/EC

16 64/432/EEC: Council Directive of 26 June 1964 on animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine

17 Council Directive 96/93/EC of 17 December 1996 on the certification of animals and animal products

18 93/590/EC: Commission Decision of 5 November 1993 for the purchase by the Community of foot-and-mouth disease antigens within the framework of the Community action concerning reserves of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines

19 98/64/EC: Commission Decision of 9 December 1997 on a Community financial contribution for improving the foot- and-mouth disease control programme in Turkey

20 2000/292/EC: Commission Decision of 6 April 2000 for purchase by the Community of bluetongue vaccine for emergency stock

21 Council Directive 90/425/EEC of 26 June 1990 concerning veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra- Community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market

22 Council Directive 89/662/EEC of 11 December 1989 concerning veterinary checks in intra- Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market

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