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COVID-19 and food safety - Questions and Answers

The Questions & Answers on COVID-19 and farmed and domestic animals have been updated (language versions to follow)

COVID-19 and food safety - Questions and Answers

Q&As on regulatory expectations for veterinary medicinal products during the COVID pandemic have been updated.

Open consultation: GM insects with synthetically engineered gene drives

A new EFSA GMO Panel scientific opinion has been published on the evaluation of existing EFSA guidelines for their adequacy for the molecular characterisation and environmental risk assessment of GM insects with synthetically engineered gene drives. The public may make comments on this opinion until 24 April 2020.

17 January 2020: High-level international ASF conference

The Future of global pork production under the threat of African swine fever


Less than two years after it has been hit by African Swine Fever (ASF), and following massive efforts to eradicate the disease, Czechia received the support of the Member States to lift all the restrictions in the country

New Rules on Veterinary Medicinal Products and Medicated Feed

After four years of negotiations, the European Parliament and Council approved the new Regulations on veterinary medicines and medicated feed on 25 October and 26 November 2018.

Sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals drop across the EU

According to a report published by the European Agency of Medicines (EMA) the overall sales of veterinary antimicrobials across Europe have decreased by more than 20% between 2011 and 2016.


The meeting will bring together representatives from the four TATFAR members – the EU, USA, Canada and Norway - the WHO, and other partners from academia, industry and NGOs.

Workshop: The role of the wildlife in animal health management

The aim of this TAIEX multi-country workshop is to give an overview of the role of the wildlife in the context of the animal health management in the EU and in the neighbouring non-EU counties.


The Commission organises the first of a series of 15 workshops under the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme on the prevention and control of AMR. 

Animal welfare: European Commission and Argentina sign administrative arrangement

The Directorate General for Health and Food Safety and the National Service of Agri-Food Health and Quality of Argentina have signed an administrative arrangement to establish a common understanding between the two parties in the area of animal welfare.

Biomedical research: Final Opinion on the need for non-human primates in testing of products

The European Commission published the Final Opinion on "the need for non-human primates (NHP) in biomedical research, production and testing of products and devices" (2017 update).


The main aim of the workshop is to explore how data on antimicrobial consumption in animals can be improved. The discussion will also provide technical input for proposed legal provisions at EU level.

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The Commission adopted the creation of an expert group on animal welfare called the Platform on Animal Welfare.


Commission launches a public consultation on possible activities to include in the new "One Health" Action Plan it plans to adopt by summer 2017. The consultation will run until 28 April 2017.

action against the spread of Avian Flu

The Member States supported on 30 November a Commission proposal that consolidates the protective measures in relation to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in several countries.

Combat African swine fever

A revision of EU control measures to combat the spread of African swine fever was endorsed by Member State experts on 13 September.

Lumpy Skin Disease - more preventive strategy

A new set of modern EU control and preventive measures to combat Lumpy Skin Disease were endorsed by Member State experts.


The Mexican market is now open for fresh pig meat from Spain, with a number of other EU Member States expected to follow in the coming months


The EU has committed close to €161 million to support eradication, control and surveillance programmes that aim to eliminate animal diseases and zoonoses as well as further strengthen the protection of human and animal health.


This year’s European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) emphasises the global health challenge of antibiotic resistance. The ECDC will launch EAAD 2015 on Monday 16 November at an event in Brussels and organise Twitter chats on 16 and 18 November.


In the context of the 'Antibiotics: Handle with Care' campaign organised by the World Health Organization (WHO), a first World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held between 16 and 22 of November.


On 1 June 2015 the European Parliament and the Council agreed on a new EU Regulation on transmissible animal diseases, also known as Animal Health Law. Check our Q for more information.


TRACES (TRAde Control and Expert System) is a trans-European network for veterinary health which notifies, certifies and monitors imports, exports and trade in animals. Check out the new TRACES video.


Bees are very important for the environment and the economy. They contribute at least 22 billion EUR each year to the European agriculture industry. To know more about bees, take a look at the new infographics.