"EU OUTLAWS BLUETONGUE BAN

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  1. Graffogefarms

    Graffogefarms New Member

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    Oct 11, 2007
    ireland
    I just picked up Irish Farmers Journal, and I am quoting it, word for word. Dare I hope this might open possibilities for importing from US?

    "EU OUTLAWS BLUETONGUE BAN
    The EU has introduced a new regulation, governing the control, monitoring, surveillance and movement of bluetongue susceptible animals. This measure removes ther ight of a country of destination to prohibit the importatino of susceptible animals from bluetongue - restricted areas. As a result since 1 November, the Irish Department of Agriculture no longer has the right to place an outright ban on the importation of cattle and sheep from blue tongue affected regions. Instead animals that meet one of a range of precuationary conditions can be imported.

    The Department are advising any prospective importers of livestock from blue tongue afflicted regions to familiarise themselves with the ocnditions relating to the new regulations. The advise that all susceptible live animals imported from Europe, including Britain shall be subject to a blue tongue test on arrival and should be kept isolated from other animals until the test results come back. A helpline is bieng provided and information is available on http://www.bluetongue.ie, the Department website.

    See advert on page 12 for further information".

    This is something more for me to research - and maybe it opens up some possibilities? Bridget
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    oh it does sound like it will be good for you and your chances.
     

  3. Graffogefarms

    Graffogefarms New Member

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    Oct 11, 2007
    ireland
    Blue tongue ban lift

    I had the Department of Agriculture send me the conditions - but its a 16 page PDF document with a bunch of info. So - if there is anyone who thinks they might be interested in export, I can forward the info to them . Is there a way we can post it on here? Bridget
     
  4. Graffogefarms

    Graffogefarms New Member

    343
    Oct 11, 2007
    ireland
    NJ

    Stacey - just noticed - duh me! that you are in NJ - how far are you from Neptune or Farmingdale? My inlaws live there. How many goat breeders in that vicinity?
     
  5. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    hmm not familiar with those towns but I can look them up.
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    ok: Neptune is 1 hour and 26 minutes away

    Farmingdale is 1 hour and 18 minutes away.

    I know a farm in franklinville, NJ that has lamanchas.

    But that doesn't mean there is only one farm in NJ with lamanchas. I just happen to know of her since she owns the nigerian bucks I use for my girls.

    Franklinville, is 1 hour and 30 minutes from Farmingdale.
     
  7. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Illinois
    Little Orchard LaManchas are in NJ too, they have some REALLY nice LaManchas.
    Everybody with animals so nice are always so far away from me *sigh* :roll:
     
  8. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
  9. Graffogefarms

    Graffogefarms New Member

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    Oct 11, 2007
    ireland
    Farmingdale

    My inlaws have the Shop N Bag Supermarket - in Farmingdale, they live in Neptune but are moving to Farmingdale in the next few months. just thinking if I can persuade the enterprise board to sponsor a feasability study - I can do a trip to visit some farms - and see the family at the same time. My god child has turned a year and I havent held him yet.

    The regulation thing is about health status, vaccinations, isolation for 60 days prior to export, things that are doable. etc. - I havent had a chance to properly study the document yet.
    Bridget.
     
  10. sungoats

    sungoats New Member

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    Oct 6, 2007
    Jackson NJ
    I live only two towns away from Farmingdale and Neptune isn't that much further. There are many people around here with goats, but there is no organisation (ie "goat clubs") to contact anyone. A friend of mine tried to start one a few years ago but the interest just wasn't there.

    Perhaps your in-laws could contact the Ocean County 4-H clubs and the Monmouth County 4-H clubs. There are always lots of goats at the county fairs and the 4-H organisations have helped me in the past with questions I had (before I found GS, of course!!!). :)
     
  11. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    wow well if it is possible for us to import from the States that would be really cool! Not that I could afford it, but I could always breed one of mine to an imported one...
     
  12. Graffogefarms

    Graffogefarms New Member

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    Oct 11, 2007
    ireland
    Blue Tongue conditions

    COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1266/2007
    of 26 October 2007
    on implementing rules for Council Directive 2000/75/EC as regards the control, monitoring,
    surveillance and restrictions on movements of certain animals of susceptible species in relation
    to bluetongue
    (Text with EEA relevance)
    THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
    Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
    Community,
    Having regard to Directive 82/894/EEC of 21 December 1982
    on the notification of animal diseases within the Community (1),
    and in particular the second indent of Article 5(2),
    Having regard to Council Directive 2000/75/EC of 20
    November 2000 laying down specific provisions for the
    control and eradication of bluetongue (2), and in particular
    Article 6(1) and (3), Article 8(2)(d), Article 8(3), Article
    9(1)(c), Articles 11 and 12 and the third paragraph of Article
    19 thereof,
    Whereas:
    (1) Directive 2000/75/EC lays down control rules and
    measures to combat bluetongue in the Community,
    including the establishment of protection and
    surveillance zones and a ban on animals of the
    susceptible species leaving those zones. Exemptions
    from that ban may de decided by the Commission in
    accordance with the procedure provided for in that
    Directive.
    (2) Commission Decision 2005/393/EC of 23 May 2005 on
    protection and surveillance zones in relation to bluetongue
    and conditions applying to movements from or
    through these zones (3) provides for the demarcation of
    the global geographic areas where protection and
    surveillance zones (the restricted zones) are to be established
    by the Member States.
    (3) Following the adoption of Decision 2005/393/EEC, the
    bluetongue situation in the Community has considerably
    changed and new experience has been gained on disease
    control, in particular following the recent incursions of
    new serotypes of bluetongue virus, namely of serotype 8
    in an area of the Community where outbreaks had never
    been reported before and which was not considered at
    risk of bluetongue, and of serotype 1 of that virus.
    (4) On the basis of the experience gained, it is appropriate to
    improve harmonisation at Community level of the rules
    on the control, monitoring, surveillance, and restrictions
    on movements of susceptible animals, excluding wild
    animals, in relation to bluetongue as they are of fundamental
    importance for safe trade in susceptible farmed
    animals moving within and from restricted zones, with
    the aim of establishing a more sustainable strategy for
    the control of bluetongue. For the sake of harmonisation
    and clarity, it is therefore necessary to repeal Decision
    2005/393/EC and to replace it by this Regulation.
    (5) The new situation as regards bluetongue has also led the
    Commission to request scientific advice and support
    from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which
    has delivered two scientific reports and two scientific
    opinions on bluetongue in 2007.
    (6) Pursuant to Directive 2000/75/EC, the demarcation of
    protection and surveillance zones must take account of
    geographical, administrative, ecological and epizootiological
    factors connected with bluetongue and of the
    control arrangements. In order to take account of those
    factors, it is necessary to lay down rules as regards the
    minimum harmonised requirements for monitoring and
    surveillance of bluetongue in the Community.
    (7) Surveillance and exchange of information are key
    elements of a risk-based approach to bluetongue
    control measures. For that purpose, it is appropriate, in
    addition to the definitions laid down in Article 2 of
    Directive 2000/75/EC, to provide in particular for a definition
    of a case of bluetongue, to enable a common
    understanding of the essential parameters related to an
    outbreak of bluetongue.
    27.10.2007 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 283/37
    (1) OJ L 378, 31.12.1982. Directive as last amended by Commission
    Decision 2004/216/EC (OJ L 67, 5.3.2004, p. 27).
    (2) OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 74. Directive as last amended by Directive
    2006/104/EC (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 352).
    (3) OJ L 130, 24.5.2005, p. 22. Decision as last amended by Decision
    2007/357/EC (OJ L 133, 25.5.2007, p. 44).
    (8) In addition, the concept of restricted zones, used in
    Decision 2005/393/EC, has proven adequate, especially
    if the presence of the bluetongue virus is detected in the
    affected area in two consecutive seasons. For practical
    reasons and for the sake of clarity of Community legislation,
    it is appropriate to provide for a definition of
    restricted zones, consisting of both the protection and
    surveillance zones demarcated by the Member States
    pursuant to Article 8(1) of Directive 2000/75/EC.
    (9) The determination of a bluetongue seasonally-free zone
    for which surveillance demonstrates no evidence of bluetongue
    transmission or of competent vectors is an
    essential tool for a sustainable management of
    outbreaks of bluetongue enabling safe movements. For
    that purpose, it is appropriate to provide for the
    harmonised criteria that should be used for the definition
    of the seasonally vector-free period.
    (10) Outbreaks of bluetongue should be notified in
    accordance with Article 3 of Council Directive
    82/894/EEC, using the codified forms and the codes set
    out in Commission Decision 2005/176/EC of 1 March
    2005 laying down the codified form and the codes for
    the notification of animal diseases pursuant to Council
    Directive 82/894/EEC (1). In the light of the current
    epidemiological development of bluetongue, the scope
    of this notification requirement should be temporarily
    adapted by defining more precisely the obligation to
    notify primary outbreaks.
    (11) According to the opinion of the Scientific Panel on
    Animal Health and Welfare of the EFSA on bluetongue
    origin and occurrence (2), adopted on 27 April 2007, it is
    essential that appropriate surveillance programmes are in
    place to detect the occurrence of bluetongue at the
    earliest possible stage. Such surveillance programmes
    should include a clinical, serological and entomological
    component that should operate seamlessly across all
    Member States.
    (12) An integrated approach at Community level is required
    in order to be able to analyse the epidemiological information
    provided by the bluetongue monitoring and
    surveillance programmes, including both regional and
    global distribution of the bluetongue infection, as well
    as of the vectors.
    (13) Council Decision 90/424/EEC of 26 June 1990 on
    expenditure in the veterinary field (3) provides for a
    Community financial contribution for the eradication,
    control and monitoring of bluetongue.
    (14) Pursuant to Decision 90/424/EEC, Commission Decision
    2007/367/EC of 25 May 2007 concerning a financial
    contribution by the Community to Italy for the implementation
    of a system for collection and analysis of
    epidemiological information on bluetongue (4) established
    the BlueTongue NETwork application (BT-Net system),
    which is a web-based system to collect, store, and
    analyse bluetongue surveillance data in the Member
    States. Full use of that system is of fundamental
    importance to establish the most appropriate measures
    for controlling the disease, verifying their efficacy and
    allowing safe movements of animals of susceptible
    species. To ensure more effective and efficient
    exchanges of information on the bluetongue monitoring
    and surveillance programmes in place between the
    Member States and the Commission, those exchanges
    should therefore be carried out through the BT-Net
    system.
    (15) Unless it appears necessary to proceed to the demarcation
    of protection and surveillance zones at
    Community level pursuant to Article 8(2)(d) of
    Directive 2000/75/EC, that demarcation should be
    carried out by the Member States. However, for the
    sake of transparency, Member States should notify to
    the Commission their protective and surveillance zones
    and any changes thereof without delay. In particular, if a
    Member State intends not to maintain an epidemiological
    relevant geographical area in a restricted zone, it should
    provide to the Commission in advance with relevant
    information to substantiate the absence of bluetongue
    virus circulation in that area.
    (16) Exemptions from the exit ban applicable to movements
    of susceptible animals, their semen, ova and embryos,
    from the restricted zone should be authorised on the
    basis of a risk analysis taking into account the data
    collected through the bluetongue surveillance
    programme, the exchange of data with other Member
    States and the Commission through the BT-Net system,
    the destination of the animals, and their compliance with
    certain health requirements guaranteeing the safety of the
    animals. Movements of animals for immediate slaughter
    should also be exempted from the exit ban under certain
    conditions. Taking into account the low level of risk of
    movements of animals for immediate slaughter and
    certain risk mitigation factors, it is appropriate to
    provide for specific conditions minimizing the risk of
    virus transmission by channelling the transport of
    animals from a holding located in a restricted zone
    towards slaughterhouses designated on the basis of a
    risk assessment.
    L 283/38 EN Official Journal of the European Union 27.10.2007
    (1) OJ L 59, 5.3.2005, p. 40. Decision as amended by Decision
    2006/924/EC (OJ L 354, 14.12.2006, p. 48).
    (2) The EFSA Journal (2007) 480, 1-20.
    (3) OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 19. Decision as last amended by Regulation
    (EC) No 1791/2006 (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 1). (4) OJ L 139, 31.5.2007, p. 30.
    (17) Movements of animals within the same restricted zone
    where the same bluetongue virus serotype or serotypes
    are circulating, does not pose an additional risk to animal
    health and should therefore be allowed by the competent
    authority under certain conditions.
    (18) According to the opinion of the Scientific Panel on
    Animal Health and Welfare of the EFSA on vectors and
    vaccines (1), adopted on 27 April 2007, movements of
    immunised animals due to vaccination or naturally
    immunised animals can be considered safe irrespective
    of the virus circulation at the place of origin or the
    vectors activity at the place of destination. It is
    therefore necessary to provide for the conditions that
    immunised animals must fulfil before moving from a
    restricted zone.
    (19) Council Directive 64/432/EEC of 26 June 1964 on
    animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade
    in bovine animals and swine (2), Council Directive
    91/68/EEC of 28 January 1991 on animal health
    conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine
    and caprine animals (3), Council Directive 92/65/EEC of
    13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements
    governing trade in and imports into the Community of
    animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal
    health requirements laid down in specific Community
    rules referred to in Annex A(I) to Directive
    90/425/EEC (4) and Commission Decision 93/444/EEC
    of 2 July 1993 on detailed rules governing intra-
    Community trade in certain live animals and products
    intended for exportation to third countries (5) provide
    that health certificates are to accompany the
    movements of animals. Where exemptions from the
    exit ban applicable to movements of animals of
    susceptible species from the restricted zone are applied
    to animals intended for intra-Community trade or for
    export to a third country, those certificates should
    include a reference to this Regulation.
    (20) In accordance with the opinion of the EFSA on vectors
    and vaccines, it is appropriate to lay down the conditions
    for the treatment with authorised insecticides at the place
    of loading of the vehicles transporting susceptible
    animals from a restricted zone to or through areas
    outside a restricted zone. When during the transit
    through a restricted zone, a rest period is foreseen in a
    control post the animals should be protected from any
    attacks by vectors. However, the treatment with
    authorised insecticides of animals, premises and their
    surroundings in infected holdings should only be
    carried out following a defined protocol on the basis
    of the positive outcome of a case-by-case risk assessment
    which takes into account geographical, epidemiological,
    ecological, environmental, entomological data and a
    cost/benefit assessment.
    (21) The health certificates provided for in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC and Decision
    93/444/EEC covering animals intended for intra-
    Community trade or for export to a third country
    should include a reference to any insecticide treatment
    carried out pursuant to this Regulation.
    (22) In view of the need to avoid unnecessary disruptions in
    trade it is urgent to establish a sustainable strategy for
    the control of the bluetongue virus enabling safe trade in
    animals of susceptible species moving within and from
    restricted zones.
    (23) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in
    accordance with the opinion of the Standing
    Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,
    HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
    CHAPTER 1
    SUBJECT MATTER AND DEFINITIONS
    Article 1
    Subject matter
    This Regulation lays down rules for the control, monitoring,
    surveillance and restrictions on movements of animals with
    the meaning of Article 2(c) of Directive 2000/75/EC, in
    relation to bluetongue, in and from the restricted zones.
    Article 2
    Definitions
    For the purposes of this Regulation, the definitions in Article 2
    of Directive 2000/75/EC shall apply.
    In addition, the following definitions shall apply:
    (a) ‘case of bluetongue’ means an animal that meets one of the
    following requirements:
    27.10.2007 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 283/39
    (1) The EFSA Journal (2007) 479, 1-29.
    (2) OJ 121, 29.7.1964, p. 1977/1964. Directive as last amended by
    Directive 2006/104/EC.
    (3) OJ L 46, 19.2.1991, p. 19. Directive as last amended by Directive
    2006/104/EC.
    (4) OJ L 268, 14.9.1992, p. 54. Directive as last amended by
    Commission Decision 2007/265/EC (OJ L 114, 1.5.2007, p. 17).
    (5) OJ L 208, 19.8.1993, p. 34.
    (i) it presents clinical signs consistent with the presence of
    bluetongue;
    (ii) it is a sentinel animal that had showed negative serological
    results in a previous test and has seroconverted
    from negative to positive for antibodies to at least one
    bluetongue serotype since that test;
    (iii) it is an animal from which the bluetongue virus has
    been isolated and identified as such;
    (iv) it is an animal which has tested positive to bluetongue
    serological tests or from which viral antigen or viral
    ribonucleic acid (RNA) specific to one or more of the
    bluetongue serotypes has been identified.
    In addition, a set of epidemiological data must indicate that
    the clinical signs or results of laboratory tests suggesting
    bluetongue infection are the consequence of virus circulation
    in the holding in which the animal is kept and not
    the result of the introduction of vaccinated or seropositive
    animals from restricted zones.
    (b) ‘outbreak of bluetongue’ means an outbreak of that disease
    as defined in Article 2(c) of Directive 82/894/EEC;
    (c) ‘primary outbreak of bluetongue’ means an outbreak as
    defined in Article 2(d) of Directive 82/894/EEC, taking
    into account that, for the purposes of the application of
    the first indent of Article 3(1) of that Directive, a case of
    bluetongue is a primary outbreak in the following cases:
    (i) if it is not epidemiologically linked with a previous
    outbreak; or
    (ii) it implies the demarcation of a restricted zone or a
    change in an existing restricted zone as referred to in
    Article 6.
    (d) ‘restricted zone’ means a zone consisting of both protection
    and surveillance zones established pursuant to Article 8(1)
    of Directive 2000/75/EC;
    (e) ‘bluetongue seasonally-free zone’ means an epidemiological
    relevant geographical area of a Member State for which, for
    a part of the year, surveillance demonstrates no evidence of
    bluetongue virus transmission or of adult Culicoides likely to
    be competent bluetongue vectors;
    (f) ‘transit’ means the movement of animals:
    (i) from or through a restricted zone;
    (ii) from a restricted zone through a non-restricted zone
    back to the same restricted zone; or
    (iii) from a restricted zone through a non-restricted zone to
    another restricted zone.
    CHAPTER 2
    MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE AND EXCHANGE OF
    INFORMATION
    Article 3
    Notification of bluetongue
    Member States shall notify primary outbreaks and outbreaks of
    bluetongue through the Animal Disease Notification System,
    using the codified forms and the codes set out in Decision
    2005/176/EC.
    Article 4
    Bluetongue monitoring and surveillance programmes
    Member States shall implement the following programmes in
    accordance with the minimum requirements set out in Annex I:
    (a) bluetongue monitoring programmes in restricted zones (the
    bluetongue monitoring programmes);
    (b) bluetongue surveillance programmes outside restricted
    zones (bluetongue surveillance programmes).
    Article 5
    Epidemiological information
    1. Member States shall transmit to the BlueTongue NETwork
    application (BT-Net system), established by Decision
    2007/367/EC, information on bluetongue gathered in the
    course of the implementation of the bluetongue monitoring
    and/or surveillance programmes, and in particular:
    (a) a monthly report, transmitted not later than one month
    after the end of the reporting month, which shall contain
    at least:
    (i) the data on the sentinel animals from the bluetongue
    monitoring programmes in place in the restricted zones;
    L 283/40 EN Official Journal of the European Union 27.10.2007
    (ii) the entomological data from the bluetongue monitoring
    programmes in place in the restricted zones;
    (b) an intermediate report covering the first six months of the
    year, and transmitted each year by 31 July at the latest,
    which shall contain at least:
    (i) the data from the bluetongue surveillance programmes
    in place outside the restricted zones;
    (ii) the vaccination data from the restricted zones;
    (c) an annual report, transmitted by 30 April of the following
    year at the latest, which shall contain the information
    referred to in points (b)(i) and (ii) for the previous year.
    2. The information to be transmitted to the BT-Net system is
    set out in Annex II.
    CHAPTER 3
    RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENTS OF ANIMALS AND OF THEIR
    SEMEN, OVA AND EMBRYOS
    Article 6
    Restricted zones
    1. Member States shall notify to the Commission their
    restricted zones, and any change in the situation of those
    zones within 24 hours.
    2. Before taking any decision to remove an epidemiologically
    relevant geographical area from a restricted zone, Member
    States shall provide the Commission with substantiated information
    demonstrating the absence of bluetongue virus circulation
    in that area during a period of two years following the
    implementation of the bluetongue monitoring programme.
    3. The Commission shall inform the Member States in the
    framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and
    Animal Health of the list of restricted zones.
    4. Member States shall draw up and keep updated a list of
    the restricted zones in their territory and make it available to
    the other Member States and to the public.
    5. The Commission shall publish, for information purposes
    only, on its website the updated list of restricted zones.
    That list shall include information on the bluetongue virus
    serotypes circulating in each restricted zone, which permits,
    for the purposes of Articles 7 and 8, the identification of the
    restricted zones demarcated in different Member States where
    the same bluetongue virus serotypes are circulating.
    Article 7
    Conditions for movements within the same restricted zone
    1. Movements of animals within the same restricted zone
    where the same bluetongue virus serotype or serotypes are
    circulating shall be allowed by the competent authority
    provided that the animals to be moved do not show any
    clinical signs of bluetongue on the day of transport.
    2. However, movements of animals from a protection zone
    to a surveillance zone may only be allowed if:
    (a) the animals comply with the conditions set out in Annex
    III; or
    (b) the animals comply with any other appropriate animal
    health guarantees based on a positive outcome of a risk
    assessment of measures against the spread of the bluetongue
    virus and protection against attacks by vectors, required by
    the competent authority of the place of origin and approved
    by the competent authority of the place of destination, prior
    to the movement of such animals;
    (c) the animals are destined for immediate slaughter.
    3. The Member State of origin shall immediately inform the
    Commission and the other Member States of the animal health
    guarantees referred to in paragraph 2(b).
    4. For the animals referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this
    Article, the following additional wording shall be added to the
    corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in
    Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animals in compliance with ............. (Article 7(1) or
    7(2)(a) or 7(2)(b) or 7(2)(c), indicate as appropriate) of Regulation
    (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    27.10.2007 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 283/41
    Article 8
    Conditions for exemption from the exit ban provided for
    in Directive 2000/75/EC
    1. Movements of animals, their semen, ova and embryos,
    from a holding or semen collection or storage centre located
    in a restricted zone to another holding or semen collection or
    storage centre shall be exempted from the exit ban established
    pursuant to Article 9(1)(c) and point 1 of Article 10 of Directive
    2000/75/EC provided that the animals, their semen, ova and
    embryos comply with:
    (a) the conditions set out in Annex III to this Regulation; or
    (b) comply with any other appropriate animal health guarantees
    based on a positive outcome of a risk assessment of
    measures against the spread of the bluetongue virus and
    protection against attacks by vectors, required by the
    competent authority of the place of origin and approved
    by the competent authority of the place of destination,
    prior to the movement of such animals.
    2. The Member State of origin shall immediately inform the
    Commission and the other Member States of the animal health
    guarantees referred to in paragraph 1(b).
    3. A channelling procedure shall be set up, under the control
    of the competent authority of the place of destination, to ensure
    that the animals, their semen, ova and embryos moved in
    accordance with the conditions provided for in paragraph
    1(b), are not subsequently moved to another Member State
    unless the animals comply with the conditions provided for
    in paragraph 1(a).
    4. Movements of animals from a holding located in a
    restricted zone for immediate slaughter shall be exempted
    from the exit ban established pursuant to Article 9(1)(c) and
    point 1 of Article 10 of Directive 2000/75/EC provided that:
    (a) no case of bluetongue has been recorded in the holding of
    origin for a period of at least 30 days prior to the date of
    dispatch;
    (b) the animals are transported under official supervision
    directly to the slaughterhouse for slaughter within 24
    hours of arrival at the slaughterhouse of destination;
    (c) the competent authority at the place of dispatch notifies the
    intended movement of the animals to the competent
    authority of the place of destination at least 48 hours
    prior to the loading of the animals.
    5. Notwithstanding paragraph 4(b), the competent authority
    of the place of destination may require, on the basis of a risk
    assessment, the competent authority of the place of origin to set
    up a channelling procedure for the transport of the animals
    referred to therein towards designated slaughterhouses.
    Any such designated slaughterhouses shall be identified on the
    basis of a risk assessment that shall take into account the
    criteria set out in Annex IV.
    Information on the designated slaughterhouses shall be made
    available to the other Member States and to the public. That
    information shall also be made available through the BT-Net
    system.
    6. For the animals, their semen, ova and embryos referred to
    in paragraphs 1 and 4 of this Article, the following additional
    wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates
    laid down in Directives 64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC,
    or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘ ............... (Animals, semen, ova and embryos, indicate as appropriate)
    in compliance with ............. (Article 8(1)(a) or 8(1)(b)
    or 8(4), indicate as appropriate) of Regulation (EC) No
    1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    Article 9
    Further conditions for the transit of animals
    1. The transit of animals shall be allowed by the competent
    authority provided that:
    (a) animals from a restricted zone being moved through areas
    outside a restricted zone and the means in which they are
    transported are treated with authorised insecticides and/or
    repellents after adequate cleansing and disinfection at the
    place of loading and in any case prior to leaving the
    restricted zone;
    (b) animals being moved from an area outside a restricted zone
    through a restricted zone and the means in which they are
    transported are treated with authorised insecticides and/or
    repellents after adequate cleansing and disinfection at the
    place of loading and in any case prior to entry into the
    restricted zone;
    (c) when a rest period is foreseen at a control post during the
    movement through a restricted zone, the animals are
    protected against any attacks by vectors.
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    2. For the animals referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article,
    the following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding
    health certificates laid down in Directives 64/432/EEC,
    91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision
    93/444/EEC:
    ‘Insecticide/repellent treatment with ............. (insert name of
    the product) on ............. (insert date) at ......... (insert time) in
    conformity with Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    3. Paragraph 1 of this Article shall no longer apply in an
    epidemiologically relevant geographical area of a bluetongue
    seasonally vector-free zone when more than 60 days have
    elapsed from the date of commencement of the seasonally
    vector-free period, defined in accordance with Annex V.
    However, that exemption shall no longer apply after the end of
    the seasonally vector-free period, on the basis of the bluetongue
    monitoring programme.
    CHAPTER 4
    FINAL PROVISIONS
    Article 10
    Repeal
    Decision 2005/393/EC is repealed.
    Article 11
    Entry into force
    This Regulation shall enter into force on the fifth day following
    that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European
    Union.
    This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
    Done at Brussels, 26 October 2007.
    For the Commission
    Markos KYPRIANOU
    Member of the Commission
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    ANNEX I
    Minimum requirements for bluetongue monitoring and surveillance programmes (referred to in Article 4)
    1. Minimum requirements for bluetongue monitoring programmes to be implemented by Member States in
    restricted zones
    Bluetongue monitoring programmes in restricted zones shall be aimed at providing information on the dynamics of
    bluetongue in a zone already subjected to restrictions.
    The geographical unit of reference shall be defined by a grid of around 45 × 45 km (approximately 2 000 km2)
    unless specific environmental conditions justify a different size. In certain Member States, the ‘region’ as defined in
    Article 2 of Directive 64/432/EEC may be used as the geographical unit of reference for monitoring purposes.
    Bluetongue monitoring programmes must consist at least of the following elements:
    1.1. Serological monitoring with sentinel animals:
    — Serological monitoring with sentinel animals shall consist of an active annual programme of testing sentinel
    animals aimed at assessing the circulation of bluetongue virus within the restricted zones. Where possible,
    sentinel animals must be bovine animals. They must be free from antibodies as demonstrated by means of a
    preliminary seronegative test and must be located in areas of the restricted zone where, following a risk analysis
    considering entomological and ecological evaluations, the presence of the vector has been confirmed or habitats
    suitable for the vector’s breeding are present,
    — Sentinel animals shall be tested at least every month during the period of activity of the vector involved, if
    known. In the absence of such information the sentinel animals shall be tested at least monthly throughout the
    year. However, the testing frequency may be adjusted to the seasonal variations of the epidemiological situation
    during the year to establish the beginning and the end of the circulation of bluetongue virus within the restricted
    zones,
    — The minimum number of sentinel animals per geographical unit must be representative and sufficient in order to
    detect a monthly incidence of seroconversion (1) of 2 % with a 95 % confidence in each geographical unit.
    1.2. Entomological monitoring
    — Entomological monitoring shall consist of an active programme of vector catching by means of permanently
    sited traps intended to determine the population dynamics and overwintering features of the Culicoides species in
    the sampled site in order to determine the seasonally vector-free period in the bluetongue seasonally-free zone in
    accordance with Annex V,
    — Only aspiration traps equipped with ultraviolet light shall be used in accordance with pre-established protocols.
    The traps must be operated throughout the night and operate at a rate of at least one night per week at least
    during the period of the year necessary to determine the beginning and the end of the seasonally vector free
    period. At least one trap must be placed in each geographical unit all over the restricted zone. The frequency of
    operation of the traps must be adjusted to the seasonal variations of the epidemiological situation during the year
    to optimise the determination of the population dynamics and overwintering features of the Culicoides and may
    be amended on the basis of the evidence obtained in the three first years of operation of the traps. An adequate
    proportion of the midges collected in the insect traps must be sent to a specialised laboratory capable of
    counting and identifying Culicoides species on a routine basis.
    2. Minimum requirements for bluetongue surveillance programmes to be implemented by the Member States
    outside restricted zones
    Bluetongue surveillance programmes outside restricted zones shall be aimed at the detection of virus circulation in a
    bluetongue-free Member State or epidemiologically relevant geographical area and must consist at least of the
    following elements:
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    (1) It has been estimated that 20 % is the normal annual rate of seroconversion in an infected zone. However, in the Community, virus
    circulation mainly takes place in a period of around six months (end of spring/mid autumn). Therefore 2 % is a conservative estimation
    of the expected monthly rate of seroconversion.
    2.1. Passive clinical surveillance:
    — shall consist of a formal and ongoing system aimed at detecting and investigating suspicions of bluetongue
    including an early warning system for reporting suspicious cases. Owners or holders of animals as well as
    veterinarians must report promptly any suspicion of bluetongue to the competent authority. All suspected cases
    of bluetongue must be investigated immediately,
    — must be specially reinforced during the season of vector activity, and in particular at its beginning,
    — must ensure that awareness campaigns are put in place and aimed, in particular, at enabling veterinarians and
    farmers in identifying clinical signs of bluetongue.
    2.2. Serological surveillance:
    — shall consist of an active annual programme of serological testing of susceptible species populations, aimed at
    detecting evidence of the bluetongue virus transmission through random or targeted serological and/or virological
    testing proportional to the risk of infection of the Member State or epidemiologically relevant geographical
    area and performed in the period of the year when seroconversion is more likely to be detected,
    — must be designed in such a way that the samples are representative of the bovine population in the Member
    State or in an epidemiologically relevant geographical area and the sample size has been calculated to detect a
    prevalence of 0,5 % with 95 % confidence in the bovine population of that Member State or geographical area,
    — must ensure that samples sizes are adjusted to the structure of the bovine population to be sampled and for the
    use of targeted surveillance, focusing the sampling for the surveillance on high-risk populations in which specific
    commonly known risk factors exist. The design of the targeted surveillance must ensure that seropositive animals
    from vaccinated or immunised populations referred to in points 5, 6 and 7 of Part A of Annex III do not
    interfere with the bluetongue surveillance programme.
    2.3. Entomological surveillance:
    — shall consist of an active annual programme of vector catching aimed at gathering information on the proven
    and potential vector species in the Member State or in an epidemiologically relevant geographical area, their
    distribution and seasonal profiles,
    — shall be implemented in all Member States where information on the proven and potential vector species, their
    distribution and seasonal profiles in the Member State is lacking.
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    ANNEX II
    Information to be transmitted by the Member States to the BT-Net system (referred to in Article 5(2))
    The information to be transmitted by the Member States to the BT-Net system shall include at least the following:
    1. Bluetongue serological/virological data
    (a) Administrative division/unit
    (b) Animal species tested
    (c) Type of surveillance system scheme (sentinel system or periodical survey)
    (d) Type of diagnostic tests performed (ELISA, Serum-neutralisation, PCR, virus isolation)
    (e) Month and year
    (f) Number of tested animals (1)
    (g) Number of positive animals
    (h) Serotype serologically or virologically determined (data to be provided in case of positive results to serumneutralization
    or virus isolation tests)
    2. Bluetongue entomological data
    (a) Administrative division
    (b) Site unique identity (a unique code for each trapping site)
    (c) Collection date
    (d) Latitude and longitude
    (e) Total number of Culicoides spp. collected
    (f) Number of C. imicola collected, if available
    (g) Number of C. obsoletus Complex collected, if available
    (h) Number of C. obsoletus sensu strictu collected, if available
    (i) Number of C. scoticus collected, if available
    (j) Number of C. Pulicaris Complex collected, if available
    (k) Number of C. Nubeculosus complex collected, if available
    (l) Number of C. dewulfii collected, if available
    (m) Other relevant data
    3. Bluetongue vaccination data
    (a) Administrative division
    (b) Year/semester
    (c) Type of vaccine
    (d) Serotype combination
    (e) Animal species vaccinated
    (f) Total number of herds in the Member State
    (g) Total number of animals in the Member State
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    (1) If pools of sera are used, an estimation of the number of animals corresponding to the pools tested must be reported.
    (h) Total number of herds under the vaccination programme
    (i) Total number of animals under the vaccination programme
    (j) Total number of herds vaccinated
    (k) Number of animals vaccinated (where the vaccination type is vaccination of young animals)
    (l) Number of young animals vaccinated (where the vaccination type is mass vaccination)
    (m) Number of adults vaccinated (where the vaccination type is mass vaccination)
    (n) Doses of vaccine administered.
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    ANNEX III
    Conditions for exemption from the exit ban (referred to in Articles 7(2)(a) and 8(1)(a))
    A. Animals
    The animals must have been protected against attacks by vector Culicoides during transportation to the place of
    destination.
    In addition, at least one of the conditions set out in points 1 to 7 must be complied with:
    1. The animals were kept until dispatch during the seasonally vector-free period defined in accordance with Annex V,
    in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone since birth or for at least 60 days prior to the date of movement and were
    subjected to an agent identification test according to the Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial
    Animals of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) (1) (OIE Terrestrial Manual), with negative results,
    carried out not earlier than seven days before the date of movement.
    However, that agent identification test shall not be necessary for Member States or regions of a Member State
    where sufficient epidemiological data, obtained following the implementation of a monitoring programme for a
    period of not less than three years, substantiate the determination of the seasonally vector-free period defined in
    accordance with Annex V.
    The Member States making use of that possibility shall inform the Commission and the other Member States in the
    framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health;
    2. The animals have been kept until dispatch protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at least 60 days prior
    to the date of dispatch;
    3. The animals have been kept until dispatch in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone during the seasonally vector-free
    period, defined in accordance with Annex V, or have been protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at
    least 28 days and were subjected during that period to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to
    detect antibodies to the bluetongue virus group, with negative results, carried out at least 28 days following the
    date of the commencement of the period of protection against attacks by vectors or the seasonally vector-free
    period;
    4. The animals have been kept until dispatch in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone during the seasonally vector-free
    period, defined in accordance with Annex V, or have been protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at
    least 14 days and were subjected during that period to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial
    Manual, with negative results, carried out at least 14 days following the date of the commencement of the period of
    protection against attacks by vectors or the seasonally vector-free period;
    5. The animals originate from a herd vaccinated according to a vaccination programme adopted by the competent
    authority and the animals have been vaccinated against the serotype(s) present or likely to be present in an
    epidemiologically relevant geographical area of origin, the animals are still within the immunity period of time
    guaranteed in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination programme and the animals meet at
    least one of the following requirements:
    (a) they have been vaccinated more than 60 days before the date of movement;
    (b) they have been vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine before at least the number of days necessary for the
    onset of the immunity protection set in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination
    programme and were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual, with
    negative results, carried out at least 14 days after the onset of the immunity protection set in the specifications
    of the vaccine approved in the vaccination programme;
    (c) they were previously vaccinated and they have been re-vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine within the
    immunity period of time guaranteed in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination
    programme;
    (d) they were kept during the seasonally vector-free period, defined in accordance with Annex V, in a bluetongue
    seasonally-free zone, since birth or for a period of at least 60 days before the date of vaccination and have been
    vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine before at least the number of days necessary for the onset of the
    immunity protection set in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination programme.
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    (1) http://www.oie.int/eng/normes/en_mcode.htm?e1d10
    Where animals referred to in this point are intended for intra-Community trade or export to a third country, the
    following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animal(s) vaccinated against bluetongue serotype(s) ........................................................................... (insert serotype(s))
    with ........................................................................... (insert name of the vaccine) with a inactivated/modified live
    vaccine (indicate, as appropriate) on .................... (insert date) in conformity with Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    6. The animals were always kept in an epidemiologically relevant geographical area of origin where not more than
    one serotype was or is present or likely to be present and:
    (a) they were subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies against the
    bluetongue virus serotype, with positive results; the test must be carried out between 60 and 360 days before
    the date of movement; or
    (b) they were subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies against the
    bluetongue virus serotype, with positive results; the test must be carried out at least 30 days before the date of
    the movement and the animals were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial
    Manual, with negative results, carried out not earlier than seven days before date of the movement.
    Where animals referred to in this point are intended for intra-Community trade or export to a third country, the
    following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animal(s) in compliance with Annex IV(6) to Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    7. The animals were subjected to an adequate specific serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual able to
    detect the specific antibodies against all the bluetongue virus serotypes present or likely to be present, with positive
    results to all serotypes present or likely to be present in the epidemiologically relevant geographical area of origin,
    and:
    (a) the specific serotype serological test is carried out between 60 and 360 days before the date of movement; or
    (b) the specific serotype serological test is carried out at least 30 days before the date of the movement and the
    animals were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual, with negative
    results, carried out not earlier than seven days before the date of movement.
    Where animals referred to in this point are intended for intra-Community trade or export to a third country, the
    following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animal(s) in compliance with Annex IV(7) to Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    B. Semen of animals
    Semen must have been obtained from donor animals which comply with at least one of the following conditions:
    (a) they have been kept outside a restricted zone for a period of at least 60 days before commencement of, and
    during, collection of the semen;
    (b) they have been protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at least 60 days before commencement of, and
    during, collection of the semen;
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    (c) they were kept during the seasonally vector-free period in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone, defined in accordance
    with Annex V, for a period of at least 60 days before commencement of, and during, collection of the semen and
    were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual, with negative results, carried
    out not earlier than seven days before the date of commencement of collection of the semen.
    However, that agent identification test shall not be necessary in Member States or regions of a Member State
    where sufficient epidemiological data, obtained following the implementation of a monitoring programme during
    a period of not less than three years, substantiate the determination of the seasonally vector-free period, as defined
    in Annex V.
    The Member States making use of that possibility shall inform the Commission and the Member States in the
    framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
    (d) they have been subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies to the
    bluetongue virus group, with negative results, at least every 60 days during the collection period and between 21
    and 60 days following the final collection;
    (e) they have been subjected, with negative results, to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial
    Manual carried out on blood samples collected:
    (i) at commencement and final collection; and
    (ii) during the period of semen collection:
    — at least every seven days, in the case of a virus isolation test,
    — at least every 28 days, in the case of a polymerase chain reaction test.
    C. Ova and embryos of animals
    1. In vivo derived embryos and ova of bovine animals must be collected in accordance with Council Directive
    89/556/EEC (1).
    2. In vivo derived embryos and ova of animals other than bovine animals and in vitro produced bovine embryos
    must have been obtained from donor animals, which comply with at least one of the following conditions:
    (a) they have been kept outside a restricted zone for at least 60 days before commencement of, and during,
    collection of the embryos/ova;
    (b) they have been protected against attacks by vectors for at least 60 days before commencement of, and during,
    collection of the embryos/ova;
    (c) they have been subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies to
    the bluetongue virus group, between 21 and 60 days following collection of the embryos/ova, with negative
    results;
    (d) they have been subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual on a blood
    sample taken on the day of collection of the embryos/ova, with negative results.
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    (1) OJ L 302, 19.10.1989, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Commission Decision 2006/60/EC (OJ L 31, 3.2.2006, p. 24).
    ANNEX IV
    Criteria for the designation of slaughterhouses for exemption from the exit ban (referred to in the second
    paragraph of Article 8(4))
    For the purpose of the risk assessment for the designation of slaughterhouses for the channelling of movements of
    animals from a holding located in a restricted zone for immediate slaughter, the competent authority of destination shall
    use at least the following criteria:
    1. the data available through the monitoring and surveillance programmes, especially as regards the vector’s activity;
    2. the distance from the point of entry in the non-restricted zone to the slaughterhouse;
    3. the entomological data on the route;
    4. the period of the day during which the transport takes place in relation to the hours of activity of the vectors;
    5. the possible use of insecticides and repellents in compliance with Council Directive 96/23/EC (1);
    6. the location of the slaughterhouse as regards livestock holdings;
    7. the biosecurity measures in place at the slaughterhouse.
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    (1) OJ L 125, 23.5.1996, p. 10. Directive as last amended by Directive 2006/104/EC.
    ANNEX V
    Criteria for the definition of the seasonally vector-free period (referred to in Article 9(3))
    For the purpose of determining a bluetongue seasonally-free zone, the seasonally vector-free period for a determinate
    epidemiologically relevant geographical area of a Member State (epidemiologically relevant geographical area) shall be
    defined by the competent authority using at least the following criteria:
    1. General criteria
    (a) A bluetongue monitoring and/or surveillance programme must be in place.
    (b) The specific criteria and thresholds used for the determination of the seasonally vector-free period shall be defined
    considering the Culicoides species proven or suspected to be the main vectors in the epidemiologically relevant
    geographical area.
    (c) The criteria used for the determination of the seasonal vector-free period shall be applied considering data from
    current and previous years (historical data). In addition, the aspects linked to surveillance data standardization shall
    be taken into consideration.
    2. Specific criteria
    (a) No bluetongue virus circulation within the epidemiologically relevant geographical area, as demonstrated by
    bluetongue surveillance programmes or other evidence suggesting a halt in bluetongue virus.
    (b) Cessation of vector and likely vector activity, as demonstrated through entomological surveillance as part of the
    bluetongue monitoring and/or surveillance programmes.
    (c) Captures of Culicoides species proven or suspected to be the vectors of the serotype present in the epidemiologically
    relevant geographical area below a maximum threshold of vectors collected that shall be defined for the epidemiologically
    relevant geographical area. In the absence of sound evidence supporting the determination of the
    maximum threshold, total absence of Culicoides imicola specimens and less than five parous Culicoides per trap must
    be used.
    3. Additional criteria
    (a) Temperature conditions that impact on the behaviour of the vectors activity for the epidemiologically relevant
    geographical area. The temperature thresholds shall be defined in consideration of the ecological behaviour of
    Culicoides species proven or suspected to be the vectors of the serotype present in the epidemiologically relevant
    geographical area.
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    COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1266/2007
    of 26 October 2007
    on implementing rules for Council Directive 2000/75/EC as regards the control, monitoring,
    surveillance and restrictions on movements of certain animals of susceptible species in relation
    to bluetongue
    (Text with EEA relevance)
    THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
    Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
    Community,
    Having regard to Directive 82/894/EEC of 21 December 1982
    on the notification of animal diseases within the Community (1),
    and in particular the second indent of Article 5(2),
    Having regard to Council Directive 2000/75/EC of 20
    November 2000 laying down specific provisions for the
    control and eradication of bluetongue (2), and in particular
    Article 6(1) and (3), Article 8(2)(d), Article 8(3), Article
    9(1)(c), Articles 11 and 12 and the third paragraph of Article
    19 thereof,
    Whereas:
    (1) Directive 2000/75/EC lays down control rules and
    measures to combat bluetongue in the Community,
    including the establishment of protection and
    surveillance zones and a ban on animals of the
    susceptible species leaving those zones. Exemptions
    from that ban may de decided by the Commission in
    accordance with the procedure provided for in that
    Directive.
    (2) Commission Decision 2005/393/EC of 23 May 2005 on
    protection and surveillance zones in relation to bluetongue
    and conditions applying to movements from or
    through these zones (3) provides for the demarcation of
    the global geographic areas where protection and
    surveillance zones (the restricted zones) are to be established
    by the Member States.
    (3) Following the adoption of Decision 2005/393/EEC, the
    bluetongue situation in the Community has considerably
    changed and new experience has been gained on disease
    control, in particular following the recent incursions of
    new serotypes of bluetongue virus, namely of serotype 8
    in an area of the Community where outbreaks had never
    been reported before and which was not considered at
    risk of bluetongue, and of serotype 1 of that virus.
    (4) On the basis of the experience gained, it is appropriate to
    improve harmonisation at Community level of the rules
    on the control, monitoring, surveillance, and restrictions
    on movements of susceptible animals, excluding wild
    animals, in relation to bluetongue as they are of fundamental
    importance for safe trade in susceptible farmed
    animals moving within and from restricted zones, with
    the aim of establishing a more sustainable strategy for
    the control of bluetongue. For the sake of harmonisation
    and clarity, it is therefore necessary to repeal Decision
    2005/393/EC and to replace it by this Regulation.
    (5) The new situation as regards bluetongue has also led the
    Commission to request scientific advice and support
    from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which
    has delivered two scientific reports and two scientific
    opinions on bluetongue in 2007.
    (6) Pursuant to Directive 2000/75/EC, the demarcation of
    protection and surveillance zones must take account of
    geographical, administrative, ecological and epizootiological
    factors connected with bluetongue and of the
    control arrangements. In order to take account of those
    factors, it is necessary to lay down rules as regards the
    minimum harmonised requirements for monitoring and
    surveillance of bluetongue in the Community.
    (7) Surveillance and exchange of information are key
    elements of a risk-based approach to bluetongue
    control measures. For that purpose, it is appropriate, in
    addition to the definitions laid down in Article 2 of
    Directive 2000/75/EC, to provide in particular for a definition
    of a case of bluetongue, to enable a common
    understanding of the essential parameters related to an
    outbreak of bluetongue.
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    (1) OJ L 378, 31.12.1982. Directive as last amended by Commission
    Decision 2004/216/EC (OJ L 67, 5.3.2004, p. 27).
    (2) OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 74. Directive as last amended by Directive
    2006/104/EC (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 352).
    (3) OJ L 130, 24.5.2005, p. 22. Decision as last amended by Decision
    2007/357/EC (OJ L 133, 25.5.2007, p. 44).
    (8) In addition, the concept of restricted zones, used in
    Decision 2005/393/EC, has proven adequate, especially
    if the presence of the bluetongue virus is detected in the
    affected area in two consecutive seasons. For practical
    reasons and for the sake of clarity of Community legislation,
    it is appropriate to provide for a definition of
    restricted zones, consisting of both the protection and
    surveillance zones demarcated by the Member States
    pursuant to Article 8(1) of Directive 2000/75/EC.
    (9) The determination of a bluetongue seasonally-free zone
    for which surveillance demonstrates no evidence of bluetongue
    transmission or of competent vectors is an
    essential tool for a sustainable management of
    outbreaks of bluetongue enabling safe movements. For
    that purpose, it is appropriate to provide for the
    harmonised criteria that should be used for the definition
    of the seasonally vector-free period.
    (10) Outbreaks of bluetongue should be notified in
    accordance with Article 3 of Council Directive
    82/894/EEC, using the codified forms and the codes set
    out in Commission Decision 2005/176/EC of 1 March
    2005 laying down the codified form and the codes for
    the notification of animal diseases pursuant to Council
    Directive 82/894/EEC (1). In the light of the current
    epidemiological development of bluetongue, the scope
    of this notification requirement should be temporarily
    adapted by defining more precisely the obligation to
    notify primary outbreaks.
    (11) According to the opinion of the Scientific Panel on
    Animal Health and Welfare of the EFSA on bluetongue
    origin and occurrence (2), adopted on 27 April 2007, it is
    essential that appropriate surveillance programmes are in
    place to detect the occurrence of bluetongue at the
    earliest possible stage. Such surveillance programmes
    should include a clinical, serological and entomological
    component that should operate seamlessly across all
    Member States.
    (12) An integrated approach at Community level is required
    in order to be able to analyse the epidemiological information
    provided by the bluetongue monitoring and
    surveillance programmes, including both regional and
    global distribution of the bluetongue infection, as well
    as of the vectors.
    (13) Council Decision 90/424/EEC of 26 June 1990 on
    expenditure in the veterinary field (3) provides for a
    Community financial contribution for the eradication,
    control and monitoring of bluetongue.
    (14) Pursuant to Decision 90/424/EEC, Commission Decision
    2007/367/EC of 25 May 2007 concerning a financial
    contribution by the Community to Italy for the implementation
    of a system for collection and analysis of
    epidemiological information on bluetongue (4) established
    the BlueTongue NETwork application (BT-Net system),
    which is a web-based system to collect, store, and
    analyse bluetongue surveillance data in the Member
    States. Full use of that system is of fundamental
    importance to establish the most appropriate measures
    for controlling the disease, verifying their efficacy and
    allowing safe movements of animals of susceptible
    species. To ensure more effective and efficient
    exchanges of information on the bluetongue monitoring
    and surveillance programmes in place between the
    Member States and the Commission, those exchanges
    should therefore be carried out through the BT-Net
    system.
    (15) Unless it appears necessary to proceed to the demarcation
    of protection and surveillance zones at
    Community level pursuant to Article 8(2)(d) of
    Directive 2000/75/EC, that demarcation should be
    carried out by the Member States. However, for the
    sake of transparency, Member States should notify to
    the Commission their protective and surveillance zones
    and any changes thereof without delay. In particular, if a
    Member State intends not to maintain an epidemiological
    relevant geographical area in a restricted zone, it should
    provide to the Commission in advance with relevant
    information to substantiate the absence of bluetongue
    virus circulation in that area.
    (16) Exemptions from the exit ban applicable to movements
    of susceptible animals, their semen, ova and embryos,
    from the restricted zone should be authorised on the
    basis of a risk analysis taking into account the data
    collected through the bluetongue surveillance
    programme, the exchange of data with other Member
    States and the Commission through the BT-Net system,
    the destination of the animals, and their compliance with
    certain health requirements guaranteeing the safety of the
    animals. Movements of animals for immediate slaughter
    should also be exempted from the exit ban under certain
    conditions. Taking into account the low level of risk of
    movements of animals for immediate slaughter and
    certain risk mitigation factors, it is appropriate to
    provide for specific conditions minimizing the risk of
    virus transmission by channelling the transport of
    animals from a holding located in a restricted zone
    towards slaughterhouses designated on the basis of a
    risk assessment.
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    (1) OJ L 59, 5.3.2005, p. 40. Decision as amended by Decision
    2006/924/EC (OJ L 354, 14.12.2006, p. 48).
    (2) The EFSA Journal (2007) 480, 1-20.
    (3) OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 19. Decision as last amended by Regulation
    (EC) No 1791/2006 (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 1). (4) OJ L 139, 31.5.2007, p. 30.
    (17) Movements of animals within the same restricted zone
    where the same bluetongue virus serotype or serotypes
    are circulating, does not pose an additional risk to animal
    health and should therefore be allowed by the competent
    authority under certain conditions.
    (18) According to the opinion of the Scientific Panel on
    Animal Health and Welfare of the EFSA on vectors and
    vaccines (1), adopted on 27 April 2007, movements of
    immunised animals due to vaccination or naturally
    immunised animals can be considered safe irrespective
    of the virus circulation at the place of origin or the
    vectors activity at the place of destination. It is
    therefore necessary to provide for the conditions that
    immunised animals must fulfil before moving from a
    restricted zone.
    (19) Council Directive 64/432/EEC of 26 June 1964 on
    animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade
    in bovine animals and swine (2), Council Directive
    91/68/EEC of 28 January 1991 on animal health
    conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine
    and caprine animals (3), Council Directive 92/65/EEC of
    13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements
    governing trade in and imports into the Community of
    animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal
    health requirements laid down in specific Community
    rules referred to in Annex A(I) to Directive
    90/425/EEC (4) and Commission Decision 93/444/EEC
    of 2 July 1993 on detailed rules governing intra-
    Community trade in certain live animals and products
    intended for exportation to third countries (5) provide
    that health certificates are to accompany the
    movements of animals. Where exemptions from the
    exit ban applicable to movements of animals of
    susceptible species from the restricted zone are applied
    to animals intended for intra-Community trade or for
    export to a third country, those certificates should
    include a reference to this Regulation.
    (20) In accordance with the opinion of the EFSA on vectors
    and vaccines, it is appropriate to lay down the conditions
    for the treatment with authorised insecticides at the place
    of loading of the vehicles transporting susceptible
    animals from a restricted zone to or through areas
    outside a restricted zone. When during the transit
    through a restricted zone, a rest period is foreseen in a
    control post the animals should be protected from any
    attacks by vectors. However, the treatment with
    authorised insecticides of animals, premises and their
    surroundings in infected holdings should only be
    carried out following a defined protocol on the basis
    of the positive outcome of a case-by-case risk assessment
    which takes into account geographical, epidemiological,
    ecological, environmental, entomological data and a
    cost/benefit assessment.
    (21) The health certificates provided for in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC and Decision
    93/444/EEC covering animals intended for intra-
    Community trade or for export to a third country
    should include a reference to any insecticide treatment
    carried out pursuant to this Regulation.
    (22) In view of the need to avoid unnecessary disruptions in
    trade it is urgent to establish a sustainable strategy for
    the control of the bluetongue virus enabling safe trade in
    animals of susceptible species moving within and from
    restricted zones.
    (23) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in
    accordance with the opinion of the Standing
    Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,
    HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
    CHAPTER 1
    SUBJECT MATTER AND DEFINITIONS
    Article 1
    Subject matter
    This Regulation lays down rules for the control, monitoring,
    surveillance and restrictions on movements of animals with
    the meaning of Article 2(c) of Directive 2000/75/EC, in
    relation to bluetongue, in and from the restricted zones.
    Article 2
    Definitions
    For the purposes of this Regulation, the definitions in Article 2
    of Directive 2000/75/EC shall apply.
    In addition, the following definitions shall apply:
    (a) ‘case of bluetongue’ means an animal that meets one of the
    following requirements:
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    (1) The EFSA Journal (2007) 479, 1-29.
    (2) OJ 121, 29.7.1964, p. 1977/1964. Directive as last amended by
    Directive 2006/104/EC.
    (3) OJ L 46, 19.2.1991, p. 19. Directive as last amended by Directive
    2006/104/EC.
    (4) OJ L 268, 14.9.1992, p. 54. Directive as last amended by
    Commission Decision 2007/265/EC (OJ L 114, 1.5.2007, p. 17).
    (5) OJ L 208, 19.8.1993, p. 34.
    (i) it presents clinical signs consistent with the presence of
    bluetongue;
    (ii) it is a sentinel animal that had showed negative serological
    results in a previous test and has seroconverted
    from negative to positive for antibodies to at least one
    bluetongue serotype since that test;
    (iii) it is an animal from which the bluetongue virus has
    been isolated and identified as such;
    (iv) it is an animal which has tested positive to bluetongue
    serological tests or from which viral antigen or viral
    ribonucleic acid (RNA) specific to one or more of the
    bluetongue serotypes has been identified.
    In addition, a set of epidemiological data must indicate that
    the clinical signs or results of laboratory tests suggesting
    bluetongue infection are the consequence of virus circulation
    in the holding in which the animal is kept and not
    the result of the introduction of vaccinated or seropositive
    animals from restricted zones.
    (b) ‘outbreak of bluetongue’ means an outbreak of that disease
    as defined in Article 2(c) of Directive 82/894/EEC;
    (c) ‘primary outbreak of bluetongue’ means an outbreak as
    defined in Article 2(d) of Directive 82/894/EEC, taking
    into account that, for the purposes of the application of
    the first indent of Article 3(1) of that Directive, a case of
    bluetongue is a primary outbreak in the following cases:
    (i) if it is not epidemiologically linked with a previous
    outbreak; or
    (ii) it implies the demarcation of a restricted zone or a
    change in an existing restricted zone as referred to in
    Article 6.
    (d) ‘restricted zone’ means a zone consisting of both protection
    and surveillance zones established pursuant to Article 8(1)
    of Directive 2000/75/EC;
    (e) ‘bluetongue seasonally-free zone’ means an epidemiological
    relevant geographical area of a Member State for which, for
    a part of the year, surveillance demonstrates no evidence of
    bluetongue virus transmission or of adult Culicoides likely to
    be competent bluetongue vectors;
    (f) ‘transit’ means the movement of animals:
    (i) from or through a restricted zone;
    (ii) from a restricted zone through a non-restricted zone
    back to the same restricted zone; or
    (iii) from a restricted zone through a non-restricted zone to
    another restricted zone.
    CHAPTER 2
    MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE AND EXCHANGE OF
    INFORMATION
    Article 3
    Notification of bluetongue
    Member States shall notify primary outbreaks and outbreaks of
    bluetongue through the Animal Disease Notification System,
    using the codified forms and the codes set out in Decision
    2005/176/EC.
    Article 4
    Bluetongue monitoring and surveillance programmes
    Member States shall implement the following programmes in
    accordance with the minimum requirements set out in Annex I:
    (a) bluetongue monitoring programmes in restricted zones (the
    bluetongue monitoring programmes);
    (b) bluetongue surveillance programmes outside restricted
    zones (bluetongue surveillance programmes).
    Article 5
    Epidemiological information
    1. Member States shall transmit to the BlueTongue NETwork
    application (BT-Net system), established by Decision
    2007/367/EC, information on bluetongue gathered in the
    course of the implementation of the bluetongue monitoring
    and/or surveillance programmes, and in particular:
    (a) a monthly report, transmitted not later than one month
    after the end of the reporting month, which shall contain
    at least:
    (i) the data on the sentinel animals from the bluetongue
    monitoring programmes in place in the restricted zones;
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    (ii) the entomological data from the bluetongue monitoring
    programmes in place in the restricted zones;
    (b) an intermediate report covering the first six months of the
    year, and transmitted each year by 31 July at the latest,
    which shall contain at least:
    (i) the data from the bluetongue surveillance programmes
    in place outside the restricted zones;
    (ii) the vaccination data from the restricted zones;
    (c) an annual report, transmitted by 30 April of the following
    year at the latest, which shall contain the information
    referred to in points (b)(i) and (ii) for the previous year.
    2. The information to be transmitted to the BT-Net system is
    set out in Annex II.
    CHAPTER 3
    RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENTS OF ANIMALS AND OF THEIR
    SEMEN, OVA AND EMBRYOS
    Article 6
    Restricted zones
    1. Member States shall notify to the Commission their
    restricted zones, and any change in the situation of those
    zones within 24 hours.
    2. Before taking any decision to remove an epidemiologically
    relevant geographical area from a restricted zone, Member
    States shall provide the Commission with substantiated information
    demonstrating the absence of bluetongue virus circulation
    in that area during a period of two years following the
    implementation of the bluetongue monitoring programme.
    3. The Commission shall inform the Member States in the
    framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and
    Animal Health of the list of restricted zones.
    4. Member States shall draw up and keep updated a list of
    the restricted zones in their territory and make it available to
    the other Member States and to the public.
    5. The Commission shall publish, for information purposes
    only, on its website the updated list of restricted zones.
    That list shall include information on the bluetongue virus
    serotypes circulating in each restricted zone, which permits,
    for the purposes of Articles 7 and 8, the identification of the
    restricted zones demarcated in different Member States where
    the same bluetongue virus serotypes are circulating.
    Article 7
    Conditions for movements within the same restricted zone
    1. Movements of animals within the same restricted zone
    where the same bluetongue virus serotype or serotypes are
    circulating shall be allowed by the competent authority
    provided that the animals to be moved do not show any
    clinical signs of bluetongue on the day of transport.
    2. However, movements of animals from a protection zone
    to a surveillance zone may only be allowed if:
    (a) the animals comply with the conditions set out in Annex
    III; or
    (b) the animals comply with any other appropriate animal
    health guarantees based on a positive outcome of a risk
    assessment of measures against the spread of the bluetongue
    virus and protection against attacks by vectors, required by
    the competent authority of the place of origin and approved
    by the competent authority of the place of destination, prior
    to the movement of such animals;
    (c) the animals are destined for immediate slaughter.
    3. The Member State of origin shall immediately inform the
    Commission and the other Member States of the animal health
    guarantees referred to in paragraph 2(b).
    4. For the animals referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this
    Article, the following additional wording shall be added to the
    corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in
    Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animals in compliance with ............. (Article 7(1) or
    7(2)(a) or 7(2)(b) or 7(2)(c), indicate as appropriate) of Regulation
    (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
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    Article 8
    Conditions for exemption from the exit ban provided for
    in Directive 2000/75/EC
    1. Movements of animals, their semen, ova and embryos,
    from a holding or semen collection or storage centre located
    in a restricted zone to another holding or semen collection or
    storage centre shall be exempted from the exit ban established
    pursuant to Article 9(1)(c) and point 1 of Article 10 of Directive
    2000/75/EC provided that the animals, their semen, ova and
    embryos comply with:
    (a) the conditions set out in Annex III to this Regulation; or
    (b) comply with any other appropriate animal health guarantees
    based on a positive outcome of a risk assessment of
    measures against the spread of the bluetongue virus and
    protection against attacks by vectors, required by the
    competent authority of the place of origin and approved
    by the competent authority of the place of destination,
    prior to the movement of such animals.
    2. The Member State of origin shall immediately inform the
    Commission and the other Member States of the animal health
    guarantees referred to in paragraph 1(b).
    3. A channelling procedure shall be set up, under the control
    of the competent authority of the place of destination, to ensure
    that the animals, their semen, ova and embryos moved in
    accordance with the conditions provided for in paragraph
    1(b), are not subsequently moved to another Member State
    unless the animals comply with the conditions provided for
    in paragraph 1(a).
    4. Movements of animals from a holding located in a
    restricted zone for immediate slaughter shall be exempted
    from the exit ban established pursuant to Article 9(1)(c) and
    point 1 of Article 10 of Directive 2000/75/EC provided that:
    (a) no case of bluetongue has been recorded in the holding of
    origin for a period of at least 30 days prior to the date of
    dispatch;
    (b) the animals are transported under official supervision
    directly to the slaughterhouse for slaughter within 24
    hours of arrival at the slaughterhouse of destination;
    (c) the competent authority at the place of dispatch notifies the
    intended movement of the animals to the competent
    authority of the place of destination at least 48 hours
    prior to the loading of the animals.
    5. Notwithstanding paragraph 4(b), the competent authority
    of the place of destination may require, on the basis of a risk
    assessment, the competent authority of the place of origin to set
    up a channelling procedure for the transport of the animals
    referred to therein towards designated slaughterhouses.
    Any such designated slaughterhouses shall be identified on the
    basis of a risk assessment that shall take into account the
    criteria set out in Annex IV.
    Information on the designated slaughterhouses shall be made
    available to the other Member States and to the public. That
    information shall also be made available through the BT-Net
    system.
    6. For the animals, their semen, ova and embryos referred to
    in paragraphs 1 and 4 of this Article, the following additional
    wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates
    laid down in Directives 64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC,
    or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘ ............... (Animals, semen, ova and embryos, indicate as appropriate)
    in compliance with ............. (Article 8(1)(a) or 8(1)(b)
    or 8(4), indicate as appropriate) of Regulation (EC) No
    1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    Article 9
    Further conditions for the transit of animals
    1. The transit of animals shall be allowed by the competent
    authority provided that:
    (a) animals from a restricted zone being moved through areas
    outside a restricted zone and the means in which they are
    transported are treated with authorised insecticides and/or
    repellents after adequate cleansing and disinfection at the
    place of loading and in any case prior to leaving the
    restricted zone;
    (b) animals being moved from an area outside a restricted zone
    through a restricted zone and the means in which they are
    transported are treated with authorised insecticides and/or
    repellents after adequate cleansing and disinfection at the
    place of loading and in any case prior to entry into the
    restricted zone;
    (c) when a rest period is foreseen at a control post during the
    movement through a restricted zone, the animals are
    protected against any attacks by vectors.
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    2. For the animals referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article,
    the following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding
    health certificates laid down in Directives 64/432/EEC,
    91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision
    93/444/EEC:
    ‘Insecticide/repellent treatment with ............. (insert name of
    the product) on ............. (insert date) at ......... (insert time) in
    conformity with Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    3. Paragraph 1 of this Article shall no longer apply in an
    epidemiologically relevant geographical area of a bluetongue
    seasonally vector-free zone when more than 60 days have
    elapsed from the date of commencement of the seasonally
    vector-free period, defined in accordance with Annex V.
    However, that exemption shall no longer apply after the end of
    the seasonally vector-free period, on the basis of the bluetongue
    monitoring programme.
    CHAPTER 4
    FINAL PROVISIONS
    Article 10
    Repeal
    Decision 2005/393/EC is repealed.
    Article 11
    Entry into force
    This Regulation shall enter into force on the fifth day following
    that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European
    Union.
    This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
    Done at Brussels, 26 October 2007.
    For the Commission
    Markos KYPRIANOU
    Member of the Commission
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    ANNEX I
    Minimum requirements for bluetongue monitoring and surveillance programmes (referred to in Article 4)
    1. Minimum requirements for bluetongue monitoring programmes to be implemented by Member States in
    restricted zones
    Bluetongue monitoring programmes in restricted zones shall be aimed at providing information on the dynamics of
    bluetongue in a zone already subjected to restrictions.
    The geographical unit of reference shall be defined by a grid of around 45 × 45 km (approximately 2 000 km2)
    unless specific environmental conditions justify a different size. In certain Member States, the ‘region’ as defined in
    Article 2 of Directive 64/432/EEC may be used as the geographical unit of reference for monitoring purposes.
    Bluetongue monitoring programmes must consist at least of the following elements:
    1.1. Serological monitoring with sentinel animals:
    — Serological monitoring with sentinel animals shall consist of an active annual programme of testing sentinel
    animals aimed at assessing the circulation of bluetongue virus within the restricted zones. Where possible,
    sentinel animals must be bovine animals. They must be free from antibodies as demonstrated by means of a
    preliminary seronegative test and must be located in areas of the restricted zone where, following a risk analysis
    considering entomological and ecological evaluations, the presence of the vector has been confirmed or habitats
    suitable for the vector’s breeding are present,
    — Sentinel animals shall be tested at least every month during the period of activity of the vector involved, if
    known. In the absence of such information the sentinel animals shall be tested at least monthly throughout the
    year. However, the testing frequency may be adjusted to the seasonal variations of the epidemiological situation
    during the year to establish the beginning and the end of the circulation of bluetongue virus within the restricted
    zones,
    — The minimum number of sentinel animals per geographical unit must be representative and sufficient in order to
    detect a monthly incidence of seroconversion (1) of 2 % with a 95 % confidence in each geographical unit.
    1.2. Entomological monitoring
    — Entomological monitoring shall consist of an active programme of vector catching by means of permanently
    sited traps intended to determine the population dynamics and overwintering features of the Culicoides species in
    the sampled site in order to determine the seasonally vector-free period in the bluetongue seasonally-free zone in
    accordance with Annex V,
    — Only aspiration traps equipped with ultraviolet light shall be used in accordance with pre-established protocols.
    The traps must be operated throughout the night and operate at a rate of at least one night per week at least
    during the period of the year necessary to determine the beginning and the end of the seasonally vector free
    period. At least one trap must be placed in each geographical unit all over the restricted zone. The frequency of
    operation of the traps must be adjusted to the seasonal variations of the epidemiological situation during the year
    to optimise the determination of the population dynamics and overwintering features of the Culicoides and may
    be amended on the basis of the evidence obtained in the three first years of operation of the traps. An adequate
    proportion of the midges collected in the insect traps must be sent to a specialised laboratory capable of
    counting and identifying Culicoides species on a routine basis.
    2. Minimum requirements for bluetongue surveillance programmes to be implemented by the Member States
    outside restricted zones
    Bluetongue surveillance programmes outside restricted zones shall be aimed at the detection of virus circulation in a
    bluetongue-free Member State or epidemiologically relevant geographical area and must consist at least of the
    following elements:
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    (1) It has been estimated that 20 % is the normal annual rate of seroconversion in an infected zone. However, in the Community, virus
    circulation mainly takes place in a period of around six months (end of spring/mid autumn). Therefore 2 % is a conservative estimation
    of the expected monthly rate of seroconversion.
    2.1. Passive clinical surveillance:
    — shall consist of a formal and ongoing system aimed at detecting and investigating suspicions of bluetongue
    including an early warning system for reporting suspicious cases. Owners or holders of animals as well as
    veterinarians must report promptly any suspicion of bluetongue to the competent authority. All suspected cases
    of bluetongue must be investigated immediately,
    — must be specially reinforced during the season of vector activity, and in particular at its beginning,
    — must ensure that awareness campaigns are put in place and aimed, in particular, at enabling veterinarians and
    farmers in identifying clinical signs of bluetongue.
    2.2. Serological surveillance:
    — shall consist of an active annual programme of serological testing of susceptible species populations, aimed at
    detecting evidence of the bluetongue virus transmission through random or targeted serological and/or virological
    testing proportional to the risk of infection of the Member State or epidemiologically relevant geographical
    area and performed in the period of the year when seroconversion is more likely to be detected,
    — must be designed in such a way that the samples are representative of the bovine population in the Member
    State or in an epidemiologically relevant geographical area and the sample size has been calculated to detect a
    prevalence of 0,5 % with 95 % confidence in the bovine population of that Member State or geographical area,
    — must ensure that samples sizes are adjusted to the structure of the bovine population to be sampled and for the
    use of targeted surveillance, focusing the sampling for the surveillance on high-risk populations in which specific
    commonly known risk factors exist. The design of the targeted surveillance must ensure that seropositive animals
    from vaccinated or immunised populations referred to in points 5, 6 and 7 of Part A of Annex III do not
    interfere with the bluetongue surveillance programme.
    2.3. Entomological surveillance:
    — shall consist of an active annual programme of vector catching aimed at gathering information on the proven
    and potential vector species in the Member State or in an epidemiologically relevant geographical area, their
    distribution and seasonal profiles,
    — shall be implemented in all Member States where information on the proven and potential vector species, their
    distribution and seasonal profiles in the Member State is lacking.
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    ANNEX II
    Information to be transmitted by the Member States to the BT-Net system (referred to in Article 5(2))
    The information to be transmitted by the Member States to the BT-Net system shall include at least the following:
    1. Bluetongue serological/virological data
    (a) Administrative division/unit
    (b) Animal species tested
    (c) Type of surveillance system scheme (sentinel system or periodical survey)
    (d) Type of diagnostic tests performed (ELISA, Serum-neutralisation, PCR, virus isolation)
    (e) Month and year
    (f) Number of tested animals (1)
    (g) Number of positive animals
    (h) Serotype serologically or virologically determined (data to be provided in case of positive results to serumneutralization
    or virus isolation tests)
    2. Bluetongue entomological data
    (a) Administrative division
    (b) Site unique identity (a unique code for each trapping site)
    (c) Collection date
    (d) Latitude and longitude
    (e) Total number of Culicoides spp. collected
    (f) Number of C. imicola collected, if available
    (g) Number of C. obsoletus Complex collected, if available
    (h) Number of C. obsoletus sensu strictu collected, if available
    (i) Number of C. scoticus collected, if available
    (j) Number of C. Pulicaris Complex collected, if available
    (k) Number of C. Nubeculosus complex collected, if available
    (l) Number of C. dewulfii collected, if available
    (m) Other relevant data
    3. Bluetongue vaccination data
    (a) Administrative division
    (b) Year/semester
    (c) Type of vaccine
    (d) Serotype combination
    (e) Animal species vaccinated
    (f) Total number of herds in the Member State
    (g) Total number of animals in the Member State
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    (1) If pools of sera are used, an estimation of the number of animals corresponding to the pools tested must be reported.
    (h) Total number of herds under the vaccination programme
    (i) Total number of animals under the vaccination programme
    (j) Total number of herds vaccinated
    (k) Number of animals vaccinated (where the vaccination type is vaccination of young animals)
    (l) Number of young animals vaccinated (where the vaccination type is mass vaccination)
    (m) Number of adults vaccinated (where the vaccination type is mass vaccination)
    (n) Doses of vaccine administered.
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    ANNEX III
    Conditions for exemption from the exit ban (referred to in Articles 7(2)(a) and 8(1)(a))
    A. Animals
    The animals must have been protected against attacks by vector Culicoides during transportation to the place of
    destination.
    In addition, at least one of the conditions set out in points 1 to 7 must be complied with:
    1. The animals were kept until dispatch during the seasonally vector-free period defined in accordance with Annex V,
    in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone since birth or for at least 60 days prior to the date of movement and were
    subjected to an agent identification test according to the Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial
    Animals of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) (1) (OIE Terrestrial Manual), with negative results,
    carried out not earlier than seven days before the date of movement.
    However, that agent identification test shall not be necessary for Member States or regions of a Member State
    where sufficient epidemiological data, obtained following the implementation of a monitoring programme for a
    period of not less than three years, substantiate the determination of the seasonally vector-free period defined in
    accordance with Annex V.
    The Member States making use of that possibility shall inform the Commission and the other Member States in the
    framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health;
    2. The animals have been kept until dispatch protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at least 60 days prior
    to the date of dispatch;
    3. The animals have been kept until dispatch in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone during the seasonally vector-free
    period, defined in accordance with Annex V, or have been protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at
    least 28 days and were subjected during that period to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to
    detect antibodies to the bluetongue virus group, with negative results, carried out at least 28 days following the
    date of the commencement of the period of protection against attacks by vectors or the seasonally vector-free
    period;
    4. The animals have been kept until dispatch in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone during the seasonally vector-free
    period, defined in accordance with Annex V, or have been protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at
    least 14 days and were subjected during that period to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial
    Manual, with negative results, carried out at least 14 days following the date of the commencement of the period of
    protection against attacks by vectors or the seasonally vector-free period;
    5. The animals originate from a herd vaccinated according to a vaccination programme adopted by the competent
    authority and the animals have been vaccinated against the serotype(s) present or likely to be present in an
    epidemiologically relevant geographical area of origin, the animals are still within the immunity period of time
    guaranteed in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination programme and the animals meet at
    least one of the following requirements:
    (a) they have been vaccinated more than 60 days before the date of movement;
    (b) they have been vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine before at least the number of days necessary for the
    onset of the immunity protection set in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination
    programme and were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual, with
    negative results, carried out at least 14 days after the onset of the immunity protection set in the specifications
    of the vaccine approved in the vaccination programme;
    (c) they were previously vaccinated and they have been re-vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine within the
    immunity period of time guaranteed in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination
    programme;
    (d) they were kept during the seasonally vector-free period, defined in accordance with Annex V, in a bluetongue
    seasonally-free zone, since birth or for a period of at least 60 days before the date of vaccination and have been
    vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine before at least the number of days necessary for the onset of the
    immunity protection set in the specifications of the vaccine approved in the vaccination programme.
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    (1) http://www.oie.int/eng/normes/en_mcode.htm?e1d10
    Where animals referred to in this point are intended for intra-Community trade or export to a third country, the
    following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animal(s) vaccinated against bluetongue serotype(s) ........................................................................... (insert serotype(s))
    with ........................................................................... (insert name of the vaccine) with a inactivated/modified live
    vaccine (indicate, as appropriate) on .................... (insert date) in conformity with Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    6. The animals were always kept in an epidemiologically relevant geographical area of origin where not more than
    one serotype was or is present or likely to be present and:
    (a) they were subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies against the
    bluetongue virus serotype, with positive results; the test must be carried out between 60 and 360 days before
    the date of movement; or
    (b) they were subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies against the
    bluetongue virus serotype, with positive results; the test must be carried out at least 30 days before the date of
    the movement and the animals were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial
    Manual, with negative results, carried out not earlier than seven days before date of the movement.
    Where animals referred to in this point are intended for intra-Community trade or export to a third country, the
    following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animal(s) in compliance with Annex IV(6) to Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    7. The animals were subjected to an adequate specific serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual able to
    detect the specific antibodies against all the bluetongue virus serotypes present or likely to be present, with positive
    results to all serotypes present or likely to be present in the epidemiologically relevant geographical area of origin,
    and:
    (a) the specific serotype serological test is carried out between 60 and 360 days before the date of movement; or
    (b) the specific serotype serological test is carried out at least 30 days before the date of the movement and the
    animals were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual, with negative
    results, carried out not earlier than seven days before the date of movement.
    Where animals referred to in this point are intended for intra-Community trade or export to a third country, the
    following additional wording shall be added to the corresponding health certificates laid down in Directives
    64/432/EEC, 91/68/EEC and 92/65/EEC, or referred to in Decision 93/444/EEC:
    ‘Animal(s) in compliance with Annex IV(7) to Regulation (EC) No 1266/2007 (*).
    ___________
    (*) OJ L 283, 27.10.2007, p. 37.’
    B. Semen of animals
    Semen must have been obtained from donor animals which comply with at least one of the following conditions:
    (a) they have been kept outside a restricted zone for a period of at least 60 days before commencement of, and
    during, collection of the semen;
    (b) they have been protected against attacks by vectors for a period of at least 60 days before commencement of, and
    during, collection of the semen;
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    (c) they were kept during the seasonally vector-free period in a bluetongue seasonally-free zone, defined in accordance
    with Annex V, for a period of at least 60 days before commencement of, and during, collection of the semen and
    were subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual, with negative results, carried
    out not earlier than seven days before the date of commencement of collection of the semen.
    However, that agent identification test shall not be necessary in Member States or regions of a Member State
    where sufficient epidemiological data, obtained following the implementation of a monitoring programme during
    a period of not less than three years, substantiate the determination of the seasonally vector-free period, as defined
    in Annex V.
    The Member States making use of that possibility shall inform the Commission and the Member States in the
    framework of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
    (d) they have been subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies to the
    bluetongue virus group, with negative results, at least every 60 days during the collection period and between 21
    and 60 days following the final collection;
    (e) they have been subjected, with negative results, to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial
    Manual carried out on blood samples collected:
    (i) at commencement and final collection; and
    (ii) during the period of semen collection:
    — at least every seven days, in the case of a virus isolation test,
    — at least every 28 days, in the case of a polymerase chain reaction test.
    C. Ova and embryos of animals
    1. In vivo derived embryos and ova of bovine animals must be collected in accordance with Council Directive
    89/556/EEC (1).
    2. In vivo derived embryos and ova of animals other than bovine animals and in vitro produced bovine embryos
    must have been obtained from donor animals, which comply with at least one of the following conditions:
    (a) they have been kept outside a restricted zone for at least 60 days before commencement of, and during,
    collection of the embryos/ova;
    (b) they have been protected against attacks by vectors for at least 60 days before commencement of, and during,
    collection of the embryos/ova;
    (c) they have been subjected to a serological test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual to detect antibodies to
    the bluetongue virus group, between 21 and 60 days following collection of the embryos/ova, with negative
    results;
    (d) they have been subjected to an agent identification test according to the OIE Terrestrial Manual on a blood
    sample taken on the day of collection of the embryos/ova, with negative results.
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    (1) OJ L 302, 19.10.1989, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Commission Decision 2006/60/EC (OJ L 31, 3.2.2006, p. 24).
    ANNEX IV
    Criteria for the designation of slaughterhouses for exemption from the exit ban (referred to in the second
    paragraph of Article 8(4))
    For the purpose of the risk assessment for the designation of slaughterhouses for the channelling of movements of
    animals from a holding located in a restricted zone for immediate slaughter, the competent authority of destination shall
    use at least the following criteria:
    1. the data available through the monitoring and surveillance programmes, especially as regards the vector’s activity;
    2. the distance from the point of entry in the non-restricted zone to the slaughterhouse;
    3. the entomological data on the route;
    4. the period of the day during which the transport takes place in relation to the hours of activity of the vectors;
    5. the possible use of insecticides and repellents in compliance with Council Directive 96/23/EC (1);
    6. the location of the slaughterhouse as regards livestock holdings;
    7. the biosecurity measures in place at the slaughterhouse.
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    (1) OJ L 125, 23.5.1996, p. 10. Directive as last amended by Directive 2006/104/EC.
    ANNEX V
    Criteria for the definition of the seasonally vector-free period (referred to in Article 9(3))
    For the purpose of determining a bluetongue seasonally-free zone, the seasonally vector-free period for a determinate
    epidemiologically relevant geographical area of a Member State (epidemiologically relevant geographical area) shall be
    defined by the competent authority using at least the following criteria:
    1. General criteria
    (a) A bluetongue monitoring and/or surveillance programme must be in place.
    (b) The specific criteria and thresholds used for the determination of the seasonally vector-free period shall be defined
    considering the Culicoides species proven or suspected to be the main vectors in the epidemiologically relevant
    geographical area.
    (c) The criteria used for the determination of the seasonal vector-free period shall be applied considering data from
    current and previous years (historical data). In addition, the aspects linked to surveillance data standardization shall
    be taken into consideration.
    2. Specific criteria
    (a) No bluetongue virus circulation within the epidemiologically relevant geographical area, as demonstrated by
    bluetongue surveillance programmes or other evidence suggesting a halt in bluetongue virus.
    (b) Cessation of vector and likely vector activity, as demonstrated through entomological surveillance as part of the
    bluetongue monitoring and/or surveillance programmes.
    (c) Captures of Culicoides species proven or suspected to be the vectors of the serotype present in the epidemiologically
    relevant geographical area below a maximum threshold of vectors collected that shall be defined for the epidemiologically
    relevant geographical area. In the absence of sound evidence supporting the determination of the
    maximum threshold, total absence of Culicoides imicola specimens and less than five parous Culicoides per trap must
    be used.
    3. Additional criteria
    (a) Temperature conditions that impact on the behaviour of the vectors activity for the epidemiologically relevant
    geographical area. The temperature thresholds shall be defined in consideration of the ecological behaviour of
    Culicoides species proven or suspected to be the vectors of the serotype present in the epidemiologically relevant
    geographical area.
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  14. Graffogefarms

    Graffogefarms New Member

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    Oct 11, 2007
    ireland
    Sorry its so long

    But if anyone is able to meet the requirements - it might be an export market opening up for people. and perhaps - better money as well for some stock, and it could allow us to get good stock as well. Currently - exchange rate is something like €1. = $1.47