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Defra invited comments on proposals to introduce new legislation on the control of African horse sickness and the draft associated control strategy.
African horse sickness is a notifiable exotic animal disease which is recognised as causing damage to the international equine industry through direct losses of susceptible animals and damage to related industries and trade.
Legislation on the control of African horse sickness in England must be consistent with European Union Council Directive 92/35/EEC. The planned change will be to create African horse sickness specific domestic legislation that closely follows the requirements of the Council Directive.
The consultation ran from December 2009 to March 2010.
- Read the original consultation (National archives website)
This response to the consultation, the making of new regulations and publication of the control strategy was postponed until the new regulations underwent further scrutiny to ensure they were fit for purpose.
This process included independent scrutiny in England by the Regulatory Policy Committee, which reviewed the evidence and analysis supporting the new regulations in England.