[PERMIT-L] Optimistic outlook regarding vet inspection issues / imports to the European Community
Shelton, Sally Y.
Sally.Shelton at sdsmt.edu
Fri Apr 13 07:51:46 MDT 2012
just to add some optimistic news on import issues on a Friday 13th:
We received promissing news from the Health / Cosumer Protection Directorate (SANCO) of the European Commission. Even though the decision to ease import restrictions on preserved (animal) samples is delayed, SANCO seems confident to add respective wording in the proposed amendments to be accepted by the European Comission in July 2012 (drafted text below).
All treated samples as specified under Annex XIII, Chapter VI, point C(1)(e) will then be excluded from inspection, licensing requirements & fees. Note that this would also apply for treated feathers, hairs, fur & bones, if the shipping documents confirms & details treatment of respective samples, showing that the materials are inert and no potential vectors for pathogens. This recent change in the wording by SANCO covers more under this exemption than we would have dreamt to ask for, as basically allows coverage of treated inert bones or feathers in this amendment (requirements for safe treatment of feather are at the moment treatment 120°C hot steam for at least 20 min)!
Identification of consignments requires & exemption is strictly limited only to "preserved scientific samples [clearly specify nature of samples spiders/molluscs/ fish etc.] intended for biodiversity research". This explicit wording must show up in the description of goods field on air waybills and/or in the shipping docs if issued.
Fresh samples of especially birds & cervids (including blood samples on FTA cards) will further have to pass veterinary inspection and should be sent under UN 3333 accompanied by respective health certificates. We'll try to add lysed blood samples fixed on FTA cards in a second step.
Keep your fingers crossed ...
Dear Mr. Neumann,
The proposal for new line (e) in Point C(1) of Chapter VI to Annex XIII of Regulation (EC) No 142/2011:
"(10) Annex XIII, is amended as follows:
(a) Chapter VI, point C(1)(d) is replaced by the following:
"(d) are animals of the biological class Insecta or Arachnida which have been subject to a treatment, such as drying, to prevent any transmission of diseases communicable to humans or animals; or
(e) had been preserved in media, such as alcohol or formaldehyde, which allow display of the items, had been embedded completely on micro-slides, are objects in natural history collections or processed DNA samples and are intended for repositories for the promotion of biodiversity research."
is still in draft text. Unfortunately, I had particular internal problems with draft. I may indicate that we reached some progress and I will propose draft to Member States expert for final discussion on June working group. After Working group we will ask Member States for vote on July SCOFCAH meeting.
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