Statutory Instrument No. 118

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS.

S.I. No. 118 of 2014

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BOVINE VIRAL DIARRHOEA REGULATIONS 2014

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S.I. No. 118 of 2014

BOVINE VIRAL DIARRHOEA REGULATIONS 2014

I, SIMON COVENEY, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 36 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (No. 15 of 2013), hereby make the following Regulations: Citation and commencement 1. These Regulations may be cited as the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Regulations 2014 and come into operation on 6 March 2014.

Interpretation 2. In these Regulations-

“approved tag” means a tag within the meaning of the European Communities (Identification of Bovines) Regulations 2009; “submit” in relation to a sample means submission of the sample with any ancil- lary documentation, fee or other material required by a designated laboratory; “supplementary tag” means a tag, other than an approved tag, that includes a robust container that operates in such a manner that when the tag is attached to a bovine, the tag takes a sample from the bovine, seals itself or is sealable in the container without interfering with the integrity of the sample and has marked on it the identification of the bovine; “tissue tag” means an approved tag that includes a robust container that operates in such a manner that when the tag is attached to a bovine, the tag takes a sample from the bovine, seals itself or is sealable in the container without interfering with the integrity of the sample and has marked on it the identifi- cation of the bovine. Duty to test 3. (1) A person who after the commencement of these Regulations, has in his or her possession or under his or her control a bovine shall no later than when it attains the age of 20 days take a sample from the bovine using a tissue tag or supplementary tag and shall, as soon as possible but in any event within such period as recommended by the designated laboratory to which it is to be submitted, submit the sample to that designated laboratory for testing for the bovine viral diarrhoea virus. (2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a bovine born before 1 January 2013 or from which a sample was taken under the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Order 2012.

Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in “Iris Oifigiúil” of 7 th March , 2014.

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Inadequate or missing sample 4. If a person having possession or being in control of a bovine which has been sampled in accordance with Regulation 3 is advised by a designated labora- tory that the sample could not be subjected to analysis, he or she—

( a ) shall take a sample from the bovine using a supplementary tag, or

( b ) cause a blood sample to be taken from the bovine,

and shall, as soon as possible, but in any event within such period as recom- mended by the designated laboratory to which it is to be submitted submit or cause the sample to be submitted, to that laboratory for analysis for the bovine viral diarrhoea virus. Dead, Aborted or Stillborn bovines 5. If a bovine is aborted or stillborn, or if a bovine which is required to be sampled in accordance with Regulation 3 dies prior to being sampled, the person having possession or control of that bovine shall take a sample from the bovine using a tissue tag or supplementary tag and shall, as soon as possible, but in any event within such period as recommended by the designated laboratory to which it is to be submitted, submit the sample to that laboratory for testing for the bovine viral diarrhoea virus. Where sampling or re-sampling is not possible 6. Where a person having possession or control of a bovine which is required to be sampled under Regulation 3, 4 or 5, is unable to take a valid sample from the bovine, he or she shall immediately notify this fact to the Minister or person nominated by the Minister to receive such information. Repeat analysis following initial positive or inconclusive result 7. Nothing in these Regulations prevents a person, having possession or con- trol of a bovine which on initial analysis has had a positive or inconclusive result, from taking a further sample from such bovine using a supplementary tag or causing a blood sample to be taken, and submitting or causing it to be submitted to a designated laboratory for analysis for bovine viral diarrhoea virus, provided 21 days have elapsed since the last such sample was taken from the bovine. Additional follow-up testing 8. (1) Subject to paragraph (2), if a person is informed by notice in writing issued by or on behalf of the Minister that a bovine in his or her possession or under his or her control is suspected of being affected with bovine viral diar- rhoea virus, he or she shall in accordance with the notice-

( a ) take a sample from that bovine using a supplementary tag, or

( b ) cause a blood sample to be taken from that bovine,

and shall, as soon as possible, but in any event within such period as recom- mended by the designated laboratory to which it is to be submitted, submit or cause the sample to be submitted to that laboratory for testing for bovine viral diarrhoea virus.

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(2) A person in receipt of a notice under paragraph (1) may, move the bovine to which the notice relates directly to slaughter at an establishment approved for that purpose under Regulation 4 of the European Communities (Food and Feed Hygiene) Regulations 2009. Movement and disposal 9. (1) A person shall not move or cause or permit another person to move a bovine born after 1 January 2013, a bovine from which a sample has been taken under these Regulations or the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Order 2012, or a bovine in respect of which a notice has been issued under Regulation 8, from the place where it is situated except-

( a ) for disposal as an animal by-product,

( b ) subject to paragraph (2), directly to slaughter at an establishment approved for that purpose under Regulation 4 of the European Com- munities (Food and Feed Hygiene) Regulations 2009, or

( c ) under permit issued on behalf of the Minister,

unless and until the result of analysis of a sample taken from the bovine is negative for the presence of bovine viral diarrhoea virus. (2) Without prejudice to Regulation 8(2), a person shall not move or cause or permit another person to move a bovine born on or after 1 January 2013 directly to slaughter or slaughter or cause or permit another person to slaughter the bovine unless a sample taken from the bovine has been analysed for the presence of bovine viral diarrhoea virus. (3) A person shall not have in his or her possession or under his or her con- trol, sell or supply a bovine that has been moved in contravention of paragraph (1) or (2). Public sale of bovines 10. A person, including a person who operates, or acts as an auctioneer at, a livestock mart, shall not offer a bovine born on or after 1 January 2013, or a bovine which has been tested for the bovine viral diarrhoea virus under these Regulations, for sale at a public sale unless during the sale— ( a ) the name and full address of the registered owner or person in charge of the herd from which the bovine is being offered for sale, and is placed on view by means of a visual display that is clearly legible to each person present at, or in the immediate vicinity of, the sales ring where the bovine is being offered for sale. Designated Laboratories 11. (1) Subject to paragraph (2), designated laboratories for the purposes of these Regulations are those mentioned in the Schedule. ( b ) the result of the test,

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(2) The Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Implementation Group (“Implementation Group “) may establish a protocol providing for the assessment of applications by the operators of laboratories for the appointment of laboratories as desig- nated laboratories, the attachment of conditions, the withdrawal of such desig- nation and the refusal of applications. (3) A protocol established under paragraph (2) may contain such incidental, supplementary and ancillary matter as appears to the Implementation Group to be necessary for the protocol to have full effect. (4) A person shall not, except in the course of his or her duties at a designated laboratory or the national reference laboratory, purport to carry out any test, analysis or examination for the purposes of these Regulations. National reference laboratory 12. (1) The national reference laboratory for Ireland in relation to bovine viral diarrhoea is the Laboratory Services of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. ( a ) review the technical performance criteria of a designated laboratory or an applicant and report its findings and recommendations to the Implementation Group and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine ( b ) provide for the evaluation of test-kits used in the diagnosis of bovine viral diarrhoea and make information in this regard available to the operators of designated laboratories, ( c ) provide for ongoing evaluation of tests, examinations and analyses carried out at designated laboratories, ( d ) issue directions regarding tests, examinations and analyses to the oper- ators of designated laboratories, or ( e ) engage in such other activities as the Implementation Group may request. (3) The operator of, or person employed at, a designated laboratory shall co- operate with the national reference laboratory and comply with any direction or request for information received from the national reference laboratory. Savers 13. (1) A sample taken or tested, prior to the commencement of these Regu- lations under the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Order 2012, is considered to be taken or tested under these Regulations and the sample and bovine from which the sample was taken are in all respects to be treated, after such commencement, as if the sample was taken or tested under these Regulations. (2) The national reference laboratory may—

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(2) A notice under Article 8 of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Order 2012 that is in effect immediately prior to the commencement of these Regulations remains in force and may be dealt with as if issued under Regulation 8. Offences 14. Regulations 3(1), 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and, 11(4) and 12(3) are penal provisions to which section 36 (4) ( b ) of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 applies.

Schedule

Regulation 11

Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute Stoney Road, Stormont,

Belfast, BT4 3SD www.afbini.gov.uk

Animal Health Laboratories Shinagh House, Bandon Co. Cork www.animalhealthlabs.ie Biobest Laboratories 6 Charles Darwin House, The Edinburgh Technopole, Milton Bridge, Nr Peniculk, EH 26 OPY. www.biobest.co.uk

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Central Veterinary Research Laboratory,

Backweston, Co. Kildare. www.agriculture.gov.ie

Enfer Labs Unit T, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare. www.enfergroup.com

Farmlab Diagnostics Emlagh, Elphin Co. Roscommon www.farmlab.ie

FBA Laboratories Ltd Industrial Estate Cappoquin, Co. Waterford www.farmlab.ie

Irish Equine Centre Johnstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. www.irish-equine-centre.ie

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Independent Milk Laboratories (iML) Ltd Bailieborough Co Cavan www.imlabs.ie National Milk Laboratories Ltd. c/o iML, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan www.imlabs.ie Oldcastle Laboratories Cogan Street, Oldcastle, Co. Meath www.oldcastlelabs.ie Southern Scientific Services Dunrine, Killarney, Co. Kerry. www.southernscientificireland.com SAC Veterinary Services Allan Watt Building,Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian,Scotland, EH26 0QE www.sruc.ac.uk

GIVEN under my Official Seal, 4 March 2014.

SIMON COVENEY, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation)

These Regulations provide for the control of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea.

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