Published on 31 March 2016 in the Official Journal of the European Union, the EU Animal Health Regulation (EU AHR) is one of five in a package of interconnected proposals to update and simplify controls in the agri-food chain. The EU AHR aims to ensure high standards of animal and public health in the EU and provides a single overarching framework with harmonised principles across the sector.
Outlining the principles of European animal health for the next 20 years the EU AHR will help support:
- A quick reaction in cases of emerging diseases;
- Consistency across animal health;
- the reduction as far as possible the effect of animal diseases on animal and public health, animal welfare, the economy and society; and
- the functioning of the internal market in animals and animal products.
There now follows a 5 year implementation period, where the detailed rules will be developed and then made into law with the new rules applying from April 2021.