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Animal Welfare : Norway has improved animal welfare during transport

13.7.2018

PR(18)20 

EN  | NO 

Following an inspection in April this year, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) concludes that the control system for animal welfare during transport in Norway has improved since the last mission carried out by ESA in 2012.

Food-Safety ESA found that the competent authority in Norway (NFSA) has established rules on penalties applicable to infringements of the legislation, such as animals found unfit for transport, and is taking measures to ensure they are implemented. ESA noted that the NFSA efficiently communicates with stakeholders, such as farmers and transporters. Drivers and attendants of road vehicles are being trained with a focus on challenges and practical aspects to be granted a certificate of competence.

A system is in place for authorisation of short and long journey transporters; however, approval of means of transport by road, checks on long journeys, transport documentation, and annual reporting were not in line with EEA requirements. Weaknesses were also identified in relation to documented procedures and training on important requirements which do not allow NFSA staff to satisfactorily perform their tasks.

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to the Norwegian authorities aimed at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the control system in place.


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53



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