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UK to establish central equine database as EU tightens rules on horse passports

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REVISED EU-wide rules intended to provide ‘a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU’ will take effect from January 1, 2016, having been approved by representatives of EU member states. Under the revised rules, all member states will be required to introduce a centralised database to help the authorities in each country control the issuing of equine passports by different organisations more effectively.

The changes to the European Regulation setting out the rules for the identification of horses were proposed by the European Commission (EC) and were endorsed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health at its meeting on September 11. One of the basic aims of the revised rules is to prevent …

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