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Animal health: Insufficient control with bovine breeding in Norway




Norway should improve official controls of semen and embryo collection centres and breeding associations. This is the main conlusion of a mission carried out by the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Norway in June this year. 

Some improvements observed

In comparison to a similar mission carried out in December 2005, some improvements were observed. On the other hand, some of the shortcomings identified during that mission still need to be addressed. In addition, the mission team identified shortcomings related to herd books of pure bred bovine animals kept in Norway, said Janne Britt Krakhellen, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Internal Market Affairs in the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

The animal health situation in Norway is favourable and diseases included in the scope of this mission are covered by both passive and active surveillance schemes. The sampling and testing for diseases in the establishments visited were found to be mainly in line with the EEA requirements

Shortcomings in authorisation regime

Not all requirements laid down in EEA legislation were transposed  into the Norwegian legal order, for example the required inspection frequency of semen collection centres and authorisation of a centre veterinarian.

The report also identifies other areas within the control and authorisation regimes that need improvement.

Read the final report here

The Norwegian competent authorities have taken note of the shortcomings identified in the report. They have addressed them in a reply to a draft version of the report and have started working on the recommendations contained in the report. Their reply is annexed to the final report.


For further information, please contact:
Janne Britt Krakhellen
Deputy Director, Department of Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 73

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