Legal Basis

Legal Basis

Following the outbreak in Europe of classic swine fever in 1997, a report of the Court of Auditors (No 1/2000) prompted a resolution from the European Parliament (A5-396/2000) inviting the EU Commission to improve the traceability of animal movements within the single market.

As a consequence, Commission Decision 2003/24/EC of 30 December 2002 concerning the development of an integrated computerised veterinary system anticipated the elaboration of a new ICT system, followed by Commission Decision 2003/623/EC of 19 August 2003 concerning the development of an integrated computerised veterinary system known as TRACES.

The Commission Decision 2004/292/EC on the introduction of the TRACES system and amending Decision 92/486/EEC made the system compulsory for all the EU countries 1st January 2005:

  • Common Veterinary Entry Documents for animals and products entering the European Union

  • Part I, II and III of intra-EU trade certificates for animals and products

Legislation summary