New EU Animal Health Law

The new, more flexible, and comprehensive Animal Health Law (Regulation (EU) 2016/429) on transmissible animal diseases has become applicable across the EU as of 21 April 2021.

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 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
It offers 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 Regulations on veterinary medicines and on medicated feed

The animal health law was part of a package of measures proposed by the Commission in May 2013.

The animal health law is also a key output of the Animal Health Strategy 2007-2013, “Prevention is better than cure”.

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