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Rural Directorate

Animal Health and Welfare Division

T: 0300 – 244 9874 F: 0300 – 244 9797




NUMBER 2010/ 01 (S)


27 September 2010

To: Interested Parties
Movement of Equidae Within the European Union and the Protective Measures with Regard to Equine Infectious Anaemia in Romania in Accordance with Commission Decision 2010/346/EC Of 8 June 2010
1. To advise you of revised EU legislation, in respect of the movement of horses from Romania to other Member States (MS) and the protective measures with regard to equine infectious anaemia (EIA) in accordance with Commission Decision 2010/346/EC.
2. Commission Decision 2010/346/EC repeals Commission Decision 2007/269/EC, in relation to the protective measures with regard to EIA in Romania.
3. EIA is endemic in Romania and the immediate slaughter of infectious equidae was not implemented consistently. For this reason, Commission Decision 2007/269/EC of 23 April 2007 on protective measures with regard to EIA in Romania was adopted.
4. However, recent cases of EIA in equidae for breeding and production dispatched from Romania to other Member States (MS), and the recently published outcome of a veterinary mission carried out by the Commission’s services in 2009 in Romania indicate that Decision 2007/269/EC is poorly monitored.
5. Commission Decision 2010/346/EC, which came into force on 18 June 2010, is more comprehensive and provides in future for exempt free areas in Romania. It also covers derogations for movements of equidae (non-registered and registered participating in certain competition and events) and for the movement of genetic material and blood products.
6. It requires Romania to notify destination MS and the Commission in advance of the name and geographical location of holdings approved as free of EIA and the name and professional capacity of the official veterinarian responsible for the approved holdings and signing of the animal health certificate. At present, movement of horses from Romania to another MS may only take place from such approved holdings. The movement must be pre-notified to the place of destination through Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) at least 36 hours in advance of the time of arrival.
7. Article 7 of the Commission Decision outlines the obligation of the MS of the place of destination who must ensure that horses are isolated under official veterinary supervision for at least 30 days and at a distance of 200 metres from any other equidae or under vector protected conditions, and are subjected to a AGID test with negative results carried out on a blood sample taken not earlier than 28 days following the date of commencement of the isolation period. To ensure compliance with these requirements, an Animal Health Veterinary Officer will check the isolation facilities at the holding of destination and serve a restriction notice (MR3) restricting such horses to that facility for 30 days. An Animal Health Veterinary Officer will take the post 28 day blood sample for the AGID test to be carried out by the VLA. Test results will be received within 24 hours and restrictions will be lifted following a negative result from the AGID test once the 30 period has elapsed.
8. Onward movement to another MS from the holding of destination can only take place if during a period of 90 days following the date of arrival of the equidae they have undergone an AGID test with negative results carried out on blood samples taken by an Official Veterinarian within 10 days prior to the date of dispatch and they are accompanied by a duly completed ITAHC.
9. Horses intended for slaughter may undergo only one pre-movement AGID test within 10 days of the date of dispatch but must move directly to the pre-notified slaughterhouse in the MS of destination. The MS of destination must ensure that horses intended for slaughter are slaughtered within 72 hours of arrival at the slaughter house. 10% of such horses have to be tested for EIA at the time of slaughter.
10. Laboratory testing will be carried out by the Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) and inspection and blood sampling by a Veterinary Officer from Animal Health (AH).
11. The cost of the additional administrative procedures and visits carried out by AH, laboratory testing by VLA or follow-up investigation until post import measures provided for in Article 7 are completed, will be fully borne by the importer of the equidae.
12. AH and VLA will invoice importers directly for the cost of the VLA tests and AH inspections respectively. The fixed cost of the initial visit to the premises of destination and the follow-up visit to blood sample the animals is £294.50 per visit. The cost of the AGID test is currently £9.60 per test.
Contact point for enquiries: John Peerless (0300 244 9243, fax: 0300 244 9797) or (England) AHIT Chelmsford (01245 454860), fax: 01245 351162).

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