Scottish Ministers have a legal responsibility and authority for the control of notifiable animal disease in Scotland. This contingency framework plan is consistent with the requirements of EU and domestic legislation and sets out what needs to be done at a strategic level, by whom and why.
The framework sets out what is required at a strategic level for control and explains the reasoning behind significant actions. The framework does not cover the detailed contingency plans and instructions of operational partners, but where necessary for context, it provides an overview of their roles and responsibilities.
The mechanisms, structures and processes set out in the framework will be used flexibly in order to meet the strategic control objectives for any particular outbreak, and it may not be necessary to use all of them in every case.
This updated version of the contingency framework plan has been revised to reflect organisational restructuring within the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). APHA is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), working across Great Britain on behalf of Defra, Scottish Government and Welsh Government.