Legislation

This webpage will be updated periodically in compliance with the adoption of new legislation.

The Animal Health Law, Regulation (EU) 2016/429, was fully implemented by 21st April 2021 repealing the former EU Commission Decision 2015/1554 on Surveillance and Diagnostic Methods and Council Directive 2006/88 that from 20th April 2021 were no longer in force.

The process of adopting a new Animal Health Law started in 2016, included the development of five key acts, the process of listing and categorization of disaeases with the support of EFSA between 2016 and 2018. During 2019 and 2020 key delegated acts have been adopted and implemented.

Categorization of listed fish diseases

The categorization of listed diseases is given in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1882. 

Viral haemorragic septicaemia (VHS)
Infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN)
Infection with HPR-deleted infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV)

Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN) and infection with HPR-deleted infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) fall into the category C diseases (+ D & E). These are diseases of relevance for the member states who must actively prevent their spread to parts of the Union that are officially disease-free or that have eradication programmes for the listed disease concerned.

According to regulation (EU) 2020/689 the samples collected for VHS, IHN and ISAV shall be tested using one or more of the diagnostic methods in accordance with the detailed diagnostic methods and procedures approved by the EURL for Fish Diseases. These detailed diagnostic procedures are given in the respective sampling and diagnostic manuals linked under each of the listed diseases.
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Koi herpes virus disease

Koi herpes virus disease falls into Category E which means that there is no specific requirement for surveillance in the Union. However, individual Member states can implement surveillance programs and control measures.

For koi herpes virus disease a link is given to the chapter on infection with KHV in the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals. This shall be followed until the approved EURL Manual is uploaded on this website.
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Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis (EHN)

Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis (EHN) falls into Category A (+ D & E). As the disease is considered exotic in the European Union, immediate eradication measures must be taken.

For the category A disease infection with epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV) a link is given to the chapter on infection with EHNV in the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals. This shall be followed until the approved EURL Manual is uploaded on this website.
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Categorization of listed crustacean diseases

The categorization of listed crustacean diseases is given in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1882. 

White spot syndrome (WSS)

Infection with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) falls into the category C diseases (+ D & E). These are listed diseases which are of relevance to some Member States and for which measures are needed to prevent them from spreading to parts of the Union that are officially disease-free or that have eradication programmes for the listed disease concerned.

According to regulation (EU) 2020/689 the samples collected for the infection with white spot syndrome virus shall be tested using one or more of the diagnostic methods in accordance with the detailed diagnostic methods and procedures approved by the EURL for fish and crustacean diseases. These detailed diagnostic procedures are given in the sampling and diagnostic manuals on this website.
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Infection with Yellow Head Virus

Infection with yellow head virus is listed in Category A (+ D & E), which are diseases that do not normally occur in the Union and for which immediate eradication measures must be taken.

For the infection with yellow head virus a link is given to the chapter in the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals. This shall be followed until the approved EURL manual is uploaded on this website.
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Infection with taura syndrome virus

Infection with taura syndrome virus is listed in Category A (+ D & E), which are diseases that do not normally occur in the Union and for which immediate eradication measures must be taken. 

For the infection with taura syndrome virus a link is given to the chapter in the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals. This shall be followed until the approved EURL manual is uploaded on this website.
Find info about diagnostic procedures

 

 

https://www.eurl-fish-crustacean.eu/legislation
23 OCTOBER 2021