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Document 31979L0109

Council Directive 79/109/EEC of 24 January 1979 amending Directive 64/432/EEC as regards brucellosis

OJ L 29, 3.2.1979, p. 20–23 (DA, DE, EN, FR, IT, NL)
Greek special edition: Chapter 03 Volume 024 P. 14 - 17
Spanish special edition: Chapter 03 Volume 015 P. 118 - 121
Portuguese special edition: Chapter 03 Volume 015 P. 118 - 121

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 01/07/1998; Implicitly repealed by 397L0012

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dir/1979/109/oj

31979L0109

Council Directive 79/109/EEC of 24 January 1979 amending Directive 64/432/EEC as regards brucellosis

Official Journal L 029 , 03/02/1979 P. 0020 - 0023
Greek special edition: Chapter 03 Volume 24 P. 0014
Spanish special edition: Chapter 03 Volume 15 P. 0118
Portuguese special edition Chapter 03 Volume 15 P. 0118


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( 1 ) OJ NO C 266 , 7 . 11 . 1977 , P . 45 .

( 2 ) OJ NO C 18 , 23 . 1 . 1978 , P . 35 .

( 3 ) OJ NO 121 , 29 . 7 . 1964 , P . 1977/64 .

( 4 ) OJ NO L 26 , 31 . 1 . 1977 , P . 81 .

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE

OF 24 JANUARY 1979

AMENDING DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC AS REGARDS BRUCELLOSIS

( 79/109/EEC )

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN

COMMUNITIES ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE TREATY ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY AND IN PARTICULAR ARTICLES 43 AND 100 THEREOF ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE PROPOSAL FROM THE COMMISSION ,

HAVING REGARD TO THE OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ( 1 ),

HAVING REGARD TO THE OPINION OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE ( 2 ),

WHEREAS COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC OF 26 JUNE 1964 ON ANIMAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AFFECTING INTRA-COMMUNITY TRADE IN BOVINE ANIMALS AND SWINE ( 3 ), AS LAST AMENDED BY DIRECTIVE 77/98/EEC ( 4 ), LAYS DOWN COMMON STANDARDS ON ANTI-BRUCELLOSIS MEASURES APPLICABLE TO ANIMALS INTENDED FOR INTRA-COMMUNITY TRADE ;

WHEREAS EQUIVALENT MEASURES FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL OF BOVINE BRUCELLOSIS ARE , BY WAY OF DEROGATION , STILL APPLICABLE IN THE NEW MEMBER STATES ; WHEREAS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF FREE TRADE IN BOVINE ANIMALS AND SWINE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY , IT IS NECESSARY TO ADAPT THE TECHNICAL PROVISIONS OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC WHICH RELATE TO BRUCELLOSIS IN ORDER TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THIS SITUATION ;

WHEREAS , IN VIEW OF NEW SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL OF BOVINE BRUCELLOSIS , AN ADJUSTMENT OF EXISTING COMMUNITY MEASURES IN THIS FIELD IS NECESSARY ,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE :

ARTICLE 1

IN ARTICLE 2 OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC , THE FOLLOWING POINT SHALL BE ADDED :

' ( O ) " REGION " MEANS THAT PART OF A MEMBER STATE ' S TERRITORY WHICH IS AT LEAST 2 000 KM2 IN AREA AND WHICH IS SUBJECT TO INSPECTION BY THE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES AND INCLUDES AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS :

- BELGIUM : PROVINCE/PROVINCIE ,

- GERMANY : REGIERUNGSBEZIRK ,

- DENMARK : AMT OR ISLAND ,

- FRANCE : DEPARTEMENT ,

- ITALY : PROVINCIA ,

- LUXEMBOURG : - ,

- NETHERLANDS : PROVINCIE ,

- UNITED KINGDOM :

- ENGLAND , WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND : COUNTY ,

- SCOTLAND : DISTRICT OR ISLAND AREA ,

- IRELAND : COUNTY . '

ARTICLE 2

IN ARTICLE 3 OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC , THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS SHALL BE ADDED :

' 13 . BY WAY OF DEROGATION FROM ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 1 ) ( C ) ( II ) IT MAY BE DECIDED , UNDER THE PROCEDURE LAID DOWN IN ARTICLE 12 , THAT IN A MEMBER STATE , OR PART OF A MEMBER STATE COMPOSED OF SEVERAL ADJACENT REGIONS , WHERE AT LEAST 99.8 % OF THE BOVINE HERDS HAVE BEEN DECLARED OFFICIALLY BRUCELLOSIS-FREE WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE 2 ( E ) FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS , AND WHERE NO CASE OF ABORTION DUE TO A BRUCELLA INFECTION HAS BEEN RECORDED FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS , THE INSPECTIONS FOR DETERMINING WHETHER THIS STATUS IS TO BE PRESERVED MAY BE CARRIED OUT IN A MANNER AND IN REGIONS TO BE DECIDED UNDER THE SAME PROCEDURE .

IF ONE OF THE CONDITIONS PROVIDED FOR IN THE FIRST SUBPARAGRAPH CEASES TO BE FULFILLED , THE COMMISSION - AFTER ASSESSING THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THE BRUCELLOSIS HAS REAPPEARED - SHALL SUBMIT TO THE STANDING VETERINARY COMMITTEE A PROPOSAL FOR A DECISION TO RESCIND THE DEROGATION DECISION TAKEN IN RESPECT OF THAT MEMBER STATE OR OF THAT PART THEREOF COMPOSED OF SEVERAL ADJACENT REGIONS .

IT MAY ALSO BE DECIDED , UNDER THE PROCEDURE LAID DOWN IN ARTICLE 12 , THAT THE PROVISIONS OF ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 1 ) ( C ) ( III ) MAY BE APPLIED TO A PART OF A MEMBER STATE COMPRISING SEVERAL ADJACENT REGIONS . '

ARTICLE 3

ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 1 ) ( C ) ( I ) OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC SHALL BE REPLACED BY THE FOLLOWING :

' ( I ) HAVE SHOWN A BRUCELLA COUNT LOWER THAN 30 INTERNATIONAL UNITS OF AGGLUTINATION PER MILLILITRE WHEN GIVEN TWO OFFICIAL SERO-AGGLUTINATION TESTS AT INTERVALS OF AT LEAST THREE MONTHS AND AT MOST 12 MONTHS , CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANNEX C ; HOWEVER :

- THE FIRST SERO-AGGLUTINATION TEST MAY BE REPLACED BY THREE RING-TESTS CARRIED OUT AT THREE-MONTHLY INTERVALS PROVIDED THAT THE SECOND SERO-AGGLUTINATION TEST IS CARRIED OUT AT LEAST SIX WEEKS AFTER THE THIRD RING-TEST ;

- THE FIRST SERO-AGGLUTINATION TEST REFERRED TO IN THE FIRST INDENT MAY BE REPLACED BY A BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANNEX C ( D ); ' .

ARTICLE 4

IN ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 1 ) ( D ) ( I ) OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC , IN THE INTRODUCTORY SENTENCE , THE WORDS ' OR A PART OF A MEMBER STATE COMPRISING SEVERAL ADJACENT REGIONS ' SHALL BE INSERTED AFTER THE WORDS ' IN MEMBER STATES ' .

ARTICLE 5

IN ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 1 ) ( C ) OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC , THE FOLLOWING SUBPARAGRAPHS SHALL REPLACE THE EXISTING SUBPARAGRAPH ( II ):

' ( II ) ARE CHECKED ANNUALLY TO ESTABLISH THAT BRUCELLOSIS IS NOT PRESENT BY THREE RING-TESTS CARRIED OUT AT INTERVALS OF AT LEAST THREE MONTHS OR TWO RING-TESTS AT AN INTERVAL OF AT LEAST THREE MONTHS AND ONE SEROLOGICAL TEST ( SERO-AGGLUTINATION TEST OR BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST OR PLASMA-AGGLUTINATION TEST OR PLASMA RING-TEST ) CARRIED OUT NOT LESS THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER THE SECOND RING-TEST . IF RING-TESTS ARE NOT CARRIED OUT , TWO SEROLOGICAL TESTS ( SERO-AGGLUTINATION TEST OR BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST OR PLASMA-AGGLUTINATION TEST OR PLASMA RING-TEST ) SHALL BE CARRIED OUT EACH YEAR AT INTERVALS OF AT LEAST THREE MONTHS AND NOT MORE THAN SIX MONTHS ;

WHERE , IN A MEMBER STATE OR REGION THEREOF IN WHICH ALL BOVINE HERDS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICIAL OPERATIONS TO COMBAT BRUCELLOSIS , NOT MORE THAN 1 % OF BOVINE HERDS IS INFECTED , IT SHALL BE SUFFICIENT TO CARRY OUT EACH YEAR TWO RING-TESTS AT AN INTERVAL OF AT LEAST THREE MONTHS , OR ONE SEROLOGICAL TEST ( SERO-AGGLUTINATION TEST OR BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST OR PLASMA-AGGLUTINATION TEST OR PLASMA RING-TEST );

( III ) DEROGATIONS MAY BE PERMITTED FROM THE REQUIREMENTS LAID DOWN IN ( II ) REGARDING ANNUAL CHECKS THAT BRUCELLOSIS IS NOT PRESENT IN ANY MEMBER STATE WHERE AT LEAST 99.8 % OF BOVINE HERDS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS OFFICIALLY BRUCELLOSIS-FREE FOR AT LEAST FOUR YEARS ; IN THIS CASE , THE INTERVAL BETWEEN CHECKS MAY BE EXTENDED TO TWO YEARS AND THE CHECKS MUST BE CARRIED OUT USING ONE OF THE SEROLOGICAL TESTS REFERRED TO IN ( II ); ' .

ARTICLE 6

ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 2 ) ( B ) OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC SHALL BE REPLACED BY THE FOLLOWING :

' ( B ) ALL OR SOME OF THE FEMALE BOVINE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED :

- WHEN SIX MONTHS OLD AT MOST , WITH LIVE BUCK 19 VACCINE OR OTHER VACCINES APPROVED UNDER THE PROCEDURE LAID DOWN IN ARTICLE 12 ,

- WHEN 15 MONTHS OLD AT MOST , WITH KILLED 45/20 ADJUVANT VACCINE OFFICIALLY INSPECTED AND RECOGNIZED ; ' .

ARTICLE 7

ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 2 ) ( C ) OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC SHALL BE REPLACED BY THE FOLLOWING :

' ( C ) ALL THE BOVINE ANIMALS SATISFY THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN IN 1 ( B ) AND ( C ); HOWEVER , THE BOVINE ANIMALS UNDER 30 MONTHS OLD WHICH HAVE BEEN VACCINATED WITH LIVE BUCK 19 VACCINE MAY SHOW A BRUCELLA COUNT EQUAL TO OR HIGHER THAN 30 I.U . OF AGGLUTINATION PER MILLILITRE BUT LOWER THAN 80 I.U . OF AGGLUTINATION PER MILLILITRE PROVIDED THAT , WHEN THE COMPLEMENT FIXATION REACTION IS TESTED , THEY SHOW :

- A COUNT LOWER THAN 30 EEC UNITS IN THE CASE OF FEMALES VACCINATED LESS THAN 12 MONTHS PREVIOUSLY ,

- A COUNT LOWER THAN 20 EEC UNITS IN ALL OTHER CASES .

THE SERO-AGGLUTINATION TESTS REFERRED TO IN 1 ( C ) ( I ), FIRST INDENT , MAY BE REPLACED BY BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TESTS CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANNEX C ( D ); ' .

ARTICLE 8

IN ANNEX A ( II ) ( A ) ( 2 ) ( D ), SECOND PARAGRAPH , FIRST LINE OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC , THE WORDS ' WITH LIVE BUCK 19 VACCINE ' SHALL BE INSERTED BETWEEN THE WORDS ' VACCINATED ' AND ' AND ' .

ARTICLE 9

IN ANNEX C OF DIRECTIVE 64/432/EEC THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS SHALL BE ADDED :

' D . THE BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST

THE BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST MAY BE CARRIED OUT USING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS :

A . MANUAL TEST

1 . THE STANDARD SERUM SHALL BE THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ANTI-BRUCELLA ABORTUS SERUM WHICH IS SUPPLIED BY THE CENTRAL VETERINARY LABORATORY , WEYBRIDGE , SURREY , ENGLAND .

2 . THE ANTIGEN SHALL BE PREPARED WITHOUT REFERENCE TO THE CELL CONCENTRATION , BUT ITS SENSITIVITY MUST BE STANDARDIZED IN RELATION TO THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ANTI-BRUCELLA ABORTUS SERUM IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE ANTIGEN PRODUCES A POSITIVE REACTION WITH SERUM DILUTION OF 1 : 47.5 AND A NEGATIVE REACTION WITH A DILUTION OF 1 : 55 .

3 . THE ANTIGEN SHALL BE SUSPENDED IN BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN DILUENT AT A PH OF 3.65 MORE OR LESS 0.5 AND MAY HAVE BEEN STAINED BY THE USE OF ROSE BENGAL DYE .

4 . WEYBRIDGE STRAIN NO 99 OR USDA 1119 OR ANY OTHER STRAIN OF EQUIVALENT SENSITIVITY MUST BE USED FOR PREPARING THE ANTIGEN .

5 . THE CULTURE MEDIA USED FOR KEEPING THE STRAIN IN THE LABORATORY AND FOR PRODUCING THE ANTIGEN MUST BE SUCH THAT THEY DO NOT ENCOURAGE BACTERIAL DISSOCIATION ( S - R ); POTATO AGAR MEDIUM OR CONTINUOUS CULTURE METHODS SHOULD BE USED .

6 . THE ANTIGEN SHALL BE TESTED AGAINST EIGHT FREEZE-DRIED KNOWN POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SERA .

7 . THE OFFICIAL SUPERVISION AND CONTROL OF STANDARD SERUM AND ANTIGEN SHALL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE OFFICIAL BODIES LISTED IN ANNEX C ( A ) ( 9 ).

8 . THE ANTIGEN SHALL BE DELIVERED READY FOR USE .

9 . THE BUFFERED BRUCELLA ANTIGEN TEST SHALL BE CARRIED OUT IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER :

( A ) ONE DROP ( 0.03 ML ) OF ANTIGEN SHOULD BE PLACED ALONGSIDE ONE DROP ( 0.03 ML ) OF THE SERUM ON A WHITE PLATE ;

( B ) THEY SHOULD BE MIXED WITH AN APPLICATOR STICK , FIRST IN A STRAIGHT LINE AND THEN IN A CIRCLE OF ABOUT 10 TO 12 MM DIAMETER ;

( C ) THE PLATE SHOULD THEN BE ROCKED BACK AND FORTH FOR FOUR MINUTES ( ABOUT 30 TIMES PER MINUTE );

( D ) READINGS SHOULD BE TAKEN IN A GOOD LIGHT ; IF THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF AGGLUTINATION , THE TEST SHALL BE REGARDED AS NEGATIVE ; ANY DEGREE OF AGGLUTINATION SHALL BE REGARDED AS POSITIVE , UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN EXCESSIVE DRYING ROUND THE EDGES .

B . AUTOMATED METHOD

THE AUTOMATED METHOD MUST BE AT LEAST AS SENSITIVE AND ACCURATE AS THE MANUAL METHOD .

E . PLASMA RING-TEST

A . EXTRACTION OF THE PLASMA

THE TUBE CONTAINING BLOOD , COAGULATION OF WHICH HAVING BEEN INHIBITED BY THE ADDITION OF EDTA , SHOULD BE CENTRIFUGED FOR THREE AT 3 000 R/MIN AND SUBSEQUENTLY KEPT AT 37 * C FOR 12 TO 24 HOURS .

B . EVALUATION

0.2 ML OF STABILIZED PLASMA SHOULD BE PLACED IN A TUBE WITH 1 ML OF UNTREATED MILK . AFTER MIXING , ONE DROP ( 0.05 ML ) OF ABR-ANTIGEN SHOULD BE ADDED AND THE WHOLE AGAIN MIXED . THE ANTIGEN SHOULD BE STANDARDIZED IN RELATION TO A STANDARD ANTIGEN SUPPLIED BY THE BODY REFERRED TO IN ( A ) ( 9 ) ( A ).

FOLLOWING AN INCUBATION PERIOD OF 45 MINUTES AT 37 * C , A READING SHOULD BE TAKEN WITHIN 15 MINUTES . THE RESULT SHALL BE REGARDED AS POSITIVE IF THE COLOUR OF THE RING HAS BECOME THE SAME AS , OR DARKER THAN , THAT OF THE MILK COLUMN .

F . PLASMA AGGLUTINATION

THE PLASMA EXTRACTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH E ( A ) MAY BE USED IMMEDIATELY AFTER CENTRIFUGING , NO THERMAL STABILIZATION BEING NECESSARY .

0.05 ML OF PLASMA SHOULD BE MIXED WITH 1 ML OF ANTIGEN FOR 50 % SERO-AGGLUTINATION , WHICH CORRESPONDS TO A DILUTION OF 1 : 20 FOR SERO-AGGLUTINATION . A READING SHOULD BE TAKEN AFTER 18 TO 24 HOURS INCUBATION AT 37 * C . % OR MORE AGGLUTINATION SHALL BE REGARDED AS POSITIVE . '

ARTICLE 10

THE MEMBER STATES SHALL BRING INTO FORCE THE LAWS , REGULATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH THIS DIRECTIVE BY 1 APRIL 1979 AND SHALL FORTHWITH INFORM THE COMMISSION THEREOF .

ARTICLE 11

THIS DIRECTIVE IS ADDRESSED TO THE MEMBER STATES .

DONE AT BRUSSELS , 24 JANUARY 1979 .

FOR THE COUNCIL

THE PRESIDENT

J . FRANCOIS-PONCET

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