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Surveillance Focus
Pilot protocol for the control of contagious equine metritis in Great Britain

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Following an extended consultation between government veterinary authorities and the equine industry a new industry-organised contagious equine metritis (CEM) control protocol came into effect on 1 February 2018 in England, Scotland and Wales; there will be no change in the arrangements for control of CEM in Northern Ireland.

CEM remains a notifiable disease throughout the UK.


In 2013, as part of the coalition government’s deregulation initiative (the so-called ‘red-tape challenge’) the notifiable disease status of CEM was reviewed. The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and others in the equine industry highlighted the potential negative effect on compliance with the HBLB Code of Practice and trade risks associated with changing CEM’s status. It was subsequently agreed that CEM would retain its notifiable disease status, but that more responsibility for the control of the disease in Great Britain should be undertaken by the equine industry.

New control protocol

The principle of the new control protocol is to encourage compliance with the …

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