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Notification of animal diseases

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 82/894/EEC — notification of animal diseases within the European Union

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

  • It lays down a list of contagious animal diseases (land and aquaculture* animals) that need to be notified because of the danger that they will spread as a result of trade between European Union (EU) countries.
  • It lays down the method for the rapid notification of these diseases so that their development can be monitored.
  • This notification allows the rapid application of various protection measures laid down in EU legislation.

KEY POINTS

  • To prevent the spread of certain contagious animal diseases, EU countries must notify the European Commission of:
    • an outbreak* of any disease listed in Annex I to the directive;
    • the removal of restrictions in relation to the outbreak of any of these diseases, after eradication of the last outbreak.
  • EU countries must :
    • within 24 hours, notify the Commission and the other EU countries both of a primary outbreak* and the removal of restrictions imposed after the eradication of the last outbreak; and
    • notify the Commission of any secondary outbreaks* confirmed in their territory on the first working day of each week. This information is then transmitted by the Commission to the veterinary headquarters in each EU country.
  • The Commission is assisted in its work by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.

Repeal

The directive will be repealed and replaced by Regulation (EU) 2016/429 from 21 April 2021.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 23 December 1982. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 1 January 1984.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

* KEY TERMS

Aquaculture: the farming of fish, shellfish, aquatic plants, seaweed, etc.

Outbreak: the farm or the place, located in EU territory, where animals are kept together and where one or more cases has or have been officially confirmed.

Primary outbreak: any outbreak not linked with a previous outbreak in the same region of an EU country, or the first outbreak in a different region of the same EU country.

Secondary outbreak: an outbreak following a primary outbreak in an already infected region.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Directive 82/894/EEC of 21 December 1982 on the notification of animal diseases within the Community (OJ L 378, 31.12.1982, pp. 58–62

Subsequent amendments to Directive 82/894/EEC have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version has a purely documentary value.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Decision 2007/142/EC of 28 February 2007 establishing a Community Veterinary Emergency Team to assist the Commission in supporting Member States and third countries in veterinary matters relating to certain animal diseases(OJ L 62, 1.3.2007, pp. 27–29)

Commission Decision 2005/176/EC of 1 March 2005 laying down the codified form and the codes for the notification of animal diseases pursuant to Council Directive 82/894/EEC (OJ L 59, 5.3.2005, pp. 40–41)

last update 06.12.2016

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