Assessment of diseases according to Animal Health Law criteria
The European Parliament and the Council adopted the Regulation on transmissible animal diseases (“Animal Health Law”) in March 2016 (Regulation (EU) 2016/429). With this comprehensive new animal health law several different legislative acts are compiled into a single robust legal framework on animal health. The main driving principles of the Animal Health Law are animal disease prevention, control & eradication, and the guarantee of safe and smooth market of animals and of their products inside and from outside EU. The Regulation sets out a list of diseases that may be amended where necessary to protect public and animal health in the Union. The European Commission has requested EFSA scientific advice to enable the assessment of, so far, 29 diseases according to the criteria for listing and categorisation of disease according to the AHL. Those criteria constitute the benchmarks for the exercises of listing and categorisation and for determining the disease prevention and control rules to be applied to the different categories of listed diseases.