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The Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006

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Regulation 3(13)

SCHEDULESchedule to be inserted into the Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export)(Scotland) Regulations 2000

Regulation 18A(2)

SCHEDULE 5AApproval of quarantine centres and quarantine facilities and specific requirements for the quarantine of captive birds

PART I

Approvals

1.  Any reference to “the Decision” in this Schedule is a reference to Commission Decision 2000/666/EC.

2.  The Scottish Ministers may, if they are satisfied in all the circumstances that it is appropriate to do so, grant an approval in respect of–

(a)a quarantine centre which at least meets the minimum conditions set out in Annex B of the Decision in relation to quarantine centres and quarantine units; and

(b)a quarantine facility which at least meets the minimum conditions set out in Annex B of the Decision in relation to quarantine facilities.

3.  Subject to the provisions of paragraph 4 of this Part, an approval shall expire at the end of 12 months from the date it was granted unless–

(a)the transitional arrangements of Part IV apply;

(b)an earlier expiry date is provided for; or

(c)it is revoked under regulation 1(5).

4.  The Scottish Ministers shall give reasons in writing–

(a)for refusing to grant an approval provided for in this Schedule;

(b)for providing that such an approval shall expire earlier than 12 months from the date on which it was granted.

5.  Notice of a revocation or suspension of an approval granted under this Schedule shall–

(a)state–

(i)the reasons for the revocation, and

(ii)the time and date when it is to take effect;

(b)be served upon the quarantine manager–

(i)in person, or

(ii)by leaving it at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility concerned; or

(iii)by post addressed to the quarantine manager at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility concerned; and

(c)be copied to the importer and if the importer is not the owner of the birds concerned, so far as is practicable, to the owner of birds kept at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility at the date the revocation or suspension is to take effect.

6.  Where an approval is revoked and the continuation of quarantine at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility concerned would, in the opinion of a veterinary inspector, cause a significant public or animal health risk, the veterinary inspector may issue directions by notice as to the movement or disposal of birds held in quarantine at the time the notice of revocation is stated to take effect, and such notice shall be served upon the quarantine manager and copied to any importer and owner concerned as if it were a notice to which paragraph 5(b) and (c) applied.

PART IISpecific requirements

1.  In this Part of this Schedule “the quarantine period” has the meaning given in paragraphs 2 and 3 below.

2.  Birds shall be quarantined for a period (“the quarantine period”) of at least 30 days at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility to which they have been conveyed from the border inspection post and in the case of a quarantine facility at which consignments arriving at different dates are quarantined, the quarantine period shall be extended to expire no sooner than 30 days after the last consignment arrived at the quarantine facility.

3.  No bird at a quarantine centre may share a quarantine unit with any other bird unless that other bird arrived in the same consignment as the first bird, and in the event that one bird shares a quarantine unit with another bird, the quarantine period for any bird in the quarantine unit shall be extended to expire no sooner than 30 days after the last bird was placed in the quarantine unit.

4.  Psittaciformes shall be identified individually in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 2B of Annex B to the Decision.

5.  The use of sentinel chickens shall conform with Article 4.2 of the Decision.

6.  Suitable arrangements shall be made for the taking of samples by a veterinary inspector in accordance with Articles 4.1, 4.3, 4.4.c and 4.4.d, and 4.5 of the Decision.

7.  The presence or suspected presence of disease in a bird at a quarantine centre or quarantine facility, and the death of any bird during their quarantine period shall be reported to the veterinary inspector supervising the quarantine centre or quarantine facility as soon as is reasonably practicable.

8.  The destruction, cleansing and disinfection and post-infection sampling from sentinel chickens or other birds in other units (in the case of quarantine centres), and the restrictions on movements onto or off the quarantine centre or quarantine facility shall conform with Article 4.4 of the Decision, unless notice is served under regulation 20(2)(b).

9.  Cages and crates used for the transport of birds to the quarantine centre or quarantine facility shall be destroyed by the quarantine manager in such a way as to avoid the spread of disease, unless the cages or crates are made of a material which allows effective cleaning and disinfection, in which case they may be cleansed, disinfected and re-used.

10.  Litter and waste material from the quarantine centre or quarantine facility shall be collected, stored and treated as approved or required in writing by the official veterinarian in accordance with paragraph 9 of Chapter 2A of Annex B to the Decision and in any event so as to avoid spread of disease.

11.  Records shall be maintained and retained for at least one year–

(a)in respect of each consignment of the date, number and species of captive birds entering and leaving the quarantine centre or facility;

(b)of individual identification numbers of psittaciformes held at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility;

(c)of any significant observations as to the condition of captive birds during quarantine;

(d)of illness and number of deaths, recorded on a daily basis;

(e)of dates and results of veterinary tests carried out in respect of captive birds during quarantine; and

(f)of names of persons entering the quarantine centre or quarantine facility, including the authority by which entry was gained.

12.  A copy of the health certificate and the common veterinary entry document referred to in Article 3 of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 282/2004 which accompanies the captive birds upon import shall be kept for at least one year after the arrival of a captive bird at the quarantine centre or quarantine facility.

PART IIICHARGES FOR TESTING OF SAMPLES (INCLUDING POST MORTEM TISSUE REMOVAL) IN RELATION TO CAPTIVE BIRDS IN QUARANTINE

1.  Charges for post mortem tissue removal for purposes of testing:

(a)per batch of up to five birds: £47.30;

(b)per batch consisting of three birds: £44.40;

(c)per batch consisting of two birds: £29.60;

(d)per batch consisting of a single bird: £14.80.

2.  Charges for single virus culture (that is, avian virus isolation in Specific Pathogen Free eggs via allantoic cavity for avian influenza virus, Newcastle Disease virus and avian paramyxovirus) in one pool of up to five birds:

(a)of cloacal swab or faeces sample: £53.60;

(b)of tissue samples from post mortem examination: £107.20.

3.  Charges for serology of sentinel birds (Newcastle Disease (PMV–1), Influenza (H5) and Influenza (H7)):

  • per set of 3 tests for each sentinel bird: £15.00.

  • 4. Charges for testing for Chlamydophila Polymerase Chain Reaction:

  • per sample tested: £30.00.

PART IVTransitional arrangements for existing approvals

1.  A quarantine centre or quarantine facility which on 17th July 2006 held an approval for the purposes of Commission Decision 2000/666/EC shall, subject to the provisions of this Part, be an approved quarantine centre or an approved quarantine facility as if approved under regulation 18A and Part I of this Schedule, and shall be subject to the requirements of these Regulations accordingly.

2.  An approval referred to in paragraph 1 shall, unless revoked, expire on the date it was due to expire when first granted..

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