IFAH-Europe, the European trade association for animal health product manufacturers, says a revised and updated EU animal health law will help the EU protect people and animals against existing and emerging diseases.
The EU Regulation on Transmissible Animal Diseases, previously known as the Animal Health Law, instigates a single overarching legal framework for animal and public health standards in the EU. It is the outcome of around three years of negotiations between policy makers and interested parties.
Welcoming the new legislation, IFAH-Europe states that it regards the new legislation as a recognition of the importance of animal health in Europe. The organisation believes that disease prevention through the responsible use of veterinary medicines, including vaccinations, benefits animal health and welfare, as well as sustainable agriculture and public health.
IFAH-Europe Secretary General Roxane Feller says: “Over the past three decades, approximately 75% of new emerging human infectious diseases have been zoonotic, such as E.coli, Lyme disease, avian influenza and MERs. As disease knows no boundaries, it is essential that EU member states are able to prevent and combat animal diseases in a co-ordinated way to protect Europe’s animals and people.
“The new framework will now further streamline and co-ordinate surveillance activities and control measures, as well as the identification and traceability of animals, hereby solidifying our defence against animal diseases and safeguarding both animal and public health.”