Identification and Registration of Animals Directive (1992/102)

Title: Identification and Registration of Animals Directive

Category: EU Directive

Date: 1992

Reference: 92/102/EEC [Full text]

General Description:

The directive sets out minimum requirements for the identification and registration of animals, without affecting more detailed legislation aiming for the eradication and control of disease. Each member state must ensure that the relevant authorities keep an up to date list of the holdings which keep animals covered by this directive, and the species of those animals. Lists must also be kept of the identification markings of such animals.

Any register of bovine animals must include a record of all births, deaths and movements within the population in a holding. For porcine animals, the birth and death register is not mandatory. Any register of sheep and goats must keep a register which includes the total number on a holding each year, and this register must also include recent statements about the number of live female animals which are over 12 months old, or which have given birth on the holding. The movements of the animals (to and from a holding), with note of destinations, markings, and dates, must also be recorded.

Such records must be available for inspection by the relevant authority. The movement of any number of animals to and from a market or collection centre requires the keeper to provide documentary detail of the stock, including identification numbers or marks, to the operator of the market. These documents must be kept for three years after the event, in order that they might be inspected on demand.

Identification marks on animals must be applied before an animal leaves the holding where it was born. Such markings must not be removed or altered without the consent of the authority, but where a mark has become illegible or been lost, a new mark shall be applied in accordance with this legislation. A new mark must be cross referenced to the old identification in the records, so that the link is maintained. Any ear-tag used must be authority-approved, tamper proof, incapable of reuse, be designed to last a lifetime, and not inflict any unnecessary harm or pain upon the beast. The eartag must be applied within 9 months of adoption, and must enable identification of the holding from which the animal was tagged.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Livestock, Transport

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