Chapter 5: Reviewing and Exercising the Plan
5.1. CVO Scotland will be responsible for reviewing this plan and its associated Annexes on a regular basis, consulting as appropriate with operational partners and stakeholders. Amendments will be made to the plan in the light of changes in policy, organisational structures, responsibilities and scientific knowledge.
5.2. In order to maintain a state of readiness it is necessary to exercise the plan and train appropriate staff regularly. The scale, nature and frequency of exercises will depend on the organisational role and responsibilities and the levels of existing training and experience within any organisation that has a role to play in disease control. Under EU law there is a requirement to have a major national animal disease exercise involving all partners every two to three years in the absence of an actual disease outbreak. The lessons learnt from exercises or from dealing with outbreaks of disease will inform revisions to this plan.
5.3. APHA has a performance target for local and regional exercises, which requires APHA to plan, deliver and evaluate exotic animal disease exercises in liaison with policy customers and local operational partners annually.
5.4. Any comment or questions relating to the content of this plan should be sent to:
Exotic Disease Branch
Animal Health and Welfare Division
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
P Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
Tel +44(0)300 244 3338