The final rule on Animal Health, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal, was published in the Official Journal on 31 March 2016.
"Animal Health Law", that comes into force on the 20 April and will be applicable in 5 years, paves the way for a more efficient system to combat transmissible animal diseases.
Overall, the single, comprehensive new animal health law will support the EU livestock sector in its quest towards competitiveness and safe and smooth EU market of animals and of their products, leading to growth and jobs in this important sector:
The huge number of legal acts are streamlined into a single law
Simpler and clearer rules enable authorities and those having to follow the rules to focus on key priorities: preventing and eradicating disease
Responsibilities are clarified for farmers, vets and others dealing with animals
The new rules allow greater use of new technologies for animal health activities - surveillance of pathogens, electronic identification and registration of animals
Better early detection & control of animal diseases, including emerging diseases linked to climate change, will help to reduce the occurrence and effects of animal epidemics
There will be more flexibility to adjust rules to local circumstances, and to emerging issues such as climate and social change
It sets out a better legal basis for monitoring animal pathogens resistant to antimicrobial agents supplementing existing rules and two other proposals currently being negotiated in the European Parliament and Council, on veterinary medicines and on medicated feed
Thursday March 31, 2016
DG for Health and Food Safety/EU. http://ec.europa.eu/food