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2004/558/EC: Commission Decision of 15 July 2004 implementing Council Directive 64/432/EEC as regards additional guarantees for intra-Community trade in bovine animals relating to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and the approval of the eradication programmes presented by certain Member States (notified under document number C(2004) 2104)(Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 249, 23.7.2004, p. 20–25 (ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, FI, SV)
OJ L 267M , 12.10.2005, p. 56–61 (MT)
Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 03 Volume 059 P. 130 - 136
Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 03 Volume 059 P. 130 - 136
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 03 Volume 019 P. 6 - 11

In force: This act has been changed. Latest consolidated version: 14/01/2019

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2004/558/oj

23.7.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 249/20


COMMISSION DECISION

of 15 July 2004

implementing Council Directive 64/432/EEC as regards additional guarantees for intra-Community trade in bovine animals relating to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and the approval of the eradication programmes presented by certain Member States

(notified under document number C(2004) 2104)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2004/558/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 64/432/EEC of 26 June 1964 on animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine (1), and in particular Articles 9(2) and 10(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis is the description of the most prominent clinical signs of the infection with the bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV1). As many infections with that virus run a subclinical course, control measures should be directed to the eradication of the infection rather than to the suppression of symptoms.

(2)

Annex E (II) to Directive 64/432/EEC lists ‘infectious bovine rhinotracheitis’ among the diseases for which national control programmes may be approved and additional guarantees requested.

(3)

Germany had submitted a programme conducted with the aim of eradicating the BHV1 infection in all parts of its territory, which complies with the criteria set out in Article 9(1) of Directive 64/432/EEC and provides for rules for the national movement of bovine animals which are equivalent to those previously implemented in Austria, the Province of Bolzano in Italy and Sweden which were successful in eradicating the disease from those countries.

(4)

The programme presented by Germany and, as requested by that Member State, the additional guarantees in relation to trade in bovine animals in order to secure the success of that programme were approved by Decision 2004/215/EC of 1 March 2004 implementing Council Directive 64/432/EEC as regards additional guarantees for intra-Community trade in bovine animals relating to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and the approval of the eradication programmes presented by certain Member States (2).

(5)

Additional guarantees exist as regards Denmark, Austria, Finland and Sweden as well as Italy, concerning the province of Bolzano. Those Member States consider that their territory is free from infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and Italy takes the same view for the Province of Bolzano. In accordance with Article 10(1) of Directive 64/432/EEC, they submitted supporting documentation to the Commission, in particular substantiating that monitoring of the situation is continued.

(6)

To Member States or regions thereof that are recognised as being free of that disease and which are currently listed in the Annex to Commission Decision 93/42/EEC (3) only minimum requirements for the dispatch of bovine animals for breeding and production to other Member States should apply.

(7)

For the standardisation of BHV1 tests in laboratories the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has adopted a strong positive, a weak positive and negative serum as OIE international standards for BHV1 tests which are available at the OIE Reference Laboratories for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis mentioned in the Manual of Standards for Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines (4).

(8)

Problems have been encountered in relation to intra-Community trade in bovine animals originating in Member States of different status with regard to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis.

(9)

For reasons of clarity and in order to ensure the linguistic consistency of the measures, it is appropriate to combine in a single Decision the approval of the German programme and the additional guarantees for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and to repeal Decision 2004/215/EC.

(10)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The programmes presented by the Member States listed in the first column of the table in Annex I for the control and eradication of the infection with the bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV1), hereinafter referred to as ‘infectious bovine rhinotracheitis’ or ‘IBR’, in regions of these Member States specified in the second column of the table in Annex I are approved.

Article 2

1.   Bovine animals for breeding and production coming from Member States or regions thereof other than those listed in Annex II and destined for Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex I, shall meet at least the following additional guarantees:

(a)

they must come from a holding on which, according to official information, no clinical or pathological evidence of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis has been recorded for the past 12 months;

(b)

they must have been isolated in a facility approved by the competent authority for 30 days immediately prior to movement and all bovine animals in the same isolation facility must have remained free of clinical signs of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis during that period;

(c)

they and all other bovine animals in the same isolation facility must have been subjected with negative results to a serological test carried out on blood samples, taken not earlier than 21 days after their arrival at the isolation facility, for the detection of the following antibodies:

(i)

in the case of vaccinated bovine animals, antibodies against the gE-glycoprotein of the BHV1; or

(ii)

in the case of unvaccinated bovine animals, antibodies against the entire BHV1.

2.   By way of derogation to paragraph 1, the competent authorities of the Member State of origin may authorise the dispatch to holdings situated in regions listed in Annex I of bovine animals complying with at least one of the following alternative conditions:

(a)

the animals originate in a Member State listed in Annex I and come from BHV1-free holdings meeting at least the requirements set down in Annex III;

(b)

the animals are intended for meat production and comply with the following conditions:

(i)

the animals either

originate in BHV1-free holdings as defined in Annex III, or

descend from vaccinated and regularly re-vaccinated dams, or

have been regularly vaccinated and re-vaccinated according to the instructions of the manufacturer with a gE-deleted vaccine, or

have been subjected in the Member State of origin with negative result to a serological test for antibodies as referred to in paragraph 1(c) carried out on a sample of blood taken within 14 days of dispatch, and

(ii)

they are transported without coming into contact with animals of lesser health status to a holding of unknown BHV1-status in the Member State of destination listed in Annex I, where according to the approved national eradication programme all animals are fattened indoors, and from which they can only be transported directly to the slaughterhouse;

(c)

the animals originate from holdings on which all bovine animals on the holding older than 15 months of age have been vaccinated and regularly revaccinated and all animals on the holding older than nine months have been subjected with negative result to a serological test for antibodies against the gE-glycoprotein of the BHV1 at intervals of not more than 12 months and the animals have been tested with negative results for antibodies as referred to in paragraph 1(c)(i) on blood samples taken during the past 14 days prior to dispatch;

(d)

the animals originate from BHV1-free holdings as defined in Annex III which are situated in a Member State in which infectious bovine rhinotracheitis is a compulsorily notifiable disease and in which within an area of 5 km radius around the holdings there was no clinical or pathological evidence of BHV1-infection during the past 30 days and the animals have been tested with negative results for antibodies as referred to in paragraph 1(c) on a sample of blood taken during the past 14 days prior to dispatch.

3.   Bovine animals for slaughter coming from Member States or regions thereof other than those listed in Annex II and destined for Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex I shall be transported directly to the slaughterhouse of destination or to an approved assembly centre from where they shall be removed in accordance with Article 7, second indent, of Directive 64/432/EEC to the slaughterhouse to be slaughtered.

4.   In point 4 of Section C of the health certificate set out in Model 1 of Annex F to Directive 64/432/EEC accompanying bovine animals as referred to in paragraph 1, the following information shall be inserted:

(a)

after the first indent: ‘IBR’;

(b)

after the second indent: ‘Article 2, paragraph …. point …. of Commission Decision 2004/558/EC’.

Article 3

1.   Bovine animals for breeding and production coming from Member States or regions thereof other than those listed in Annex II and destined for Member States or regions thereof free of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and listed in Annex II, shall meet the following additional guarantees:

(a)

they shall comply with the additional guarantees provided for in Article 2(1)(a) and (b);

(b)

they and all other bovine animals in the same isolation facility referred to in Article 2(1)(b) must have been subjected with negative results to a serological test carried out on blood samples taken not earlier than 21 days after their arrival at the isolation facility, for the detection of antibodies against the entire BHV1;

(c)

they must not have been vaccinated against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis.

2.   Bovine animals for slaughter coming from Member States or regions thereof other than those listed in Annex II and destined for Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex II shall be transported directly to the slaughterhouse of destination to be slaughtered in accordance with Article 7, first indent, of Directive 64/432/EEC.

3.   In point 4 of Section C of the health certificate set out in Model 1 of Annex F to Directive 64/432/EEC accompanying bovine animals as referred to in paragraph 1, the following information shall be inserted:

(a)

after the first indent: ‘IBR’,

(b)

after the second indent: ‘Article 3 of Commission Decision 2004/558/EC’.

Article 4

Bovine animals for breeding and production originating in a Member State or region thereof listed in Annex II and destined for a Member State or region thereof listed in Annexes I or II shall comply with the conditions provided for in Article 2(1)(a).

Article 5

Member States shall ensure that the serological test referred to in Article 2(1)(c)(ii) and in Article 3(1)(b) for the detection of antibodies against the entire BHV1 is standardised against the strong positive, weak positive and negative serum adopted as OIE international standards for BHV1 tests.

Article 6

Decision 2004/215/EC is repealed.

Article 7

This Decision shall apply from 26 July 2004.

Article 8

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 15 July 2004.

For the Commission

David BYRNE

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ 121, 29.7.1964, p. 1977/64. Directive as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 21/2004 (OJ L 5, 9.1.2004, p. 8).

(2)  OJ L 67, 5.3.2004, p. 24.

(3)  OJ L 16, 25.1.1993, p. 50. Decision as last amended by Decision 2000/502/EC (OJ L 200, 8.8.2000, p. 62).

(4)  Manual of Standards for Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines, Fourth Edition, August 2000.


ANNEX I

Member State

Regions of Member State to which the additional guarantees for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis apply in accordance with Article 9 of Directive 64/432/EEC

Germany

All regions


ANNEX II

Member State

Regions of Member State to which the additional guarantees for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis apply in accordance with Article 10 of Directive 64/432/EEC

Denmark

All regions

Italy

Province of Bolzano

Austria

All regions

Finland

All regions

Sweden

All regions


ANNEX III

BHV1-free holding

1.

A holding keeping bovine animals shall be considered free of BHV1 infection if it complies with the following conditions:

1.1.

no suspicion for BHV1 infection has been recorded for the holding during the past six months and all bovine animals on the holding are free from clinical symptoms indicative for BHV1 infection;

1.2.

only bovine animals from holdings situated in Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex II or from BHV1-free holdings have been introduced and none of the bovine animals on the holding had contact with bovine animals other than those coming from holdings situated in Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex II or from BHV1-free holdings;

1.3.

female bovine animals are only inseminated with semen from bulls produced in accordance with Directive 88/407/EEC and which have been tested with negative result for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c)(i), or have been serviced by bulls from holdings situated in Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex II or from BHV1-free holdings;

1.4.

At least one of the following control regimes is applied on the holding:

1.4.1.

a serological investigation for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) has been carried out with negative results in each case on at least two samples of blood, taken with an interval of five to seven months from all female and male bovine animals used or intended for breeding purposes older than nine months of age;

1.4.2.

a serological investigation for antibodies against the BHV1 has been carried out with negative result on at least two individual samples of milk, or a pool of milk samples taken from not more than five animals, taken with an interval of five to seven months from all lactating animals, and a serological investigation for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) has been carried out with negative results in each case on at least two samples of blood, taken with an interval of five to seven months from all non-lactating female bovine animals and from all male bovine animals used or intended for breeding purposes older than nine months of age;

1.4.3.

in the case of dairy farms on which at least 30 % of the bovine animals are lactating cows in milk, a serological investigation for antibodies against the BHV1 has been carried out with negative results in each case on at least three milk samples collected, depending on the specification of test employed, from a bulk of not more than 50 animals taken with an interval of at least three months and a serological investigation for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) has been carried out with negative results in each case on at least one sample of blood, taken from all non-lactating female bovine animals and from all male bovine animals used or intended for breeding purposes older than nine months of age;

1.4.4.

all bovine animals on the holding originate either from holdings situated in Member States or regions thereof listed in Annex II or from BHV1-free holdings.

2.

The BHV1-free status of a holding keeping bovine animals is retained if:

2.1.

the conditions in paragraphs 1.1 to 1.3 continue to apply; and

2.2.

at least one of the following control regimes is applied:

2.2.1.

all bovine animals on the holding older than 24 months of age have reacted with negative result to a serological test for the detection of antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) carried out on a sample of blood taken at intervals of not more than 12 months;

2.2.2.

the serological investigation for antibodies against the BHV1 has been carried out with negative result on at least one individual sample of milk, or a pool of milk samples taken from not more than five animals, taken at intervals of not more than 12 months from all lactating animals, and all non-lactating female bovine animals and male bovine animals on the holding older than 24 months of age have reacted with negative result to a serological test for the detection of antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) carried out on a sample of blood taken at intervals of not more than 12 months;

2.2.3.

in the case of dairy farms on which at least 30 % of the bovine animals are lactating cows in milk, the serological investigation for antibodies against the BHV1 has been carried out with negative result on at least two milk samples collected, depending on the specification of test employed, from a bulk of not more than 50 animals taken at intervals of at least three months and not more than 12 months and a serological investigation for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) has been carried out with negative results in each case on at least one sample of blood, taken from all non-lactating female bovine animals and male bovine animals older than 24 months of age at intervals of not more than 12 months.

3.

The BHV1-free status of a holding keeping bovine animals is suspended where during the investigations referred to in paragraph 2.2.1. to 2.2.3. an animal reacted with positive result in a test for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c);

4.

The BHV1-free status suspended in accordance with paragraph 3 shall only be restored after a serological investigation has been carried out with negative result in each case on two occasions with an interval of at least two months and commencing not earlier than 30 days after the removal of the seropositive animals which includes serological testing for antibodies as referred to in Article 2(1)(c) of all bovine animals on the holding carried out on samples of blood, or in the case of lactating cows, testing for antibodies against the BHV1 carried out on individual milk samples, or pools of milk samples taken from not more than five animals.


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