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The Animal Health and Welfare (England) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

18 October 2018

Coming into effect on 29th March 2019:

Amendments to The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006

Small changes are made to Article 20 to ensure the Secretary of State can continue to define competent authorities under the welfare at transport legislation after exit day.

Amendments to The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007

Small amendments are made to Schedule 1 to ensure that an existing cross reference to Directive 96/22/EEC will continue to work after exit. These amendments do not impose any duties on businesses.

Amendments to The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015

Technical amendments are made to remove references to Member States and European Commission officials to ensure operability of the Regulation after exit.

This Regulation also introduces a policy change. Currently, certificates of competence, issued to slaughtermen by other Member States, must be recognised in the UK. Certificates of competence are required by slaughterhouses in the EU to evidence that individuals are trained and successfully assessed as competent to undertake animal handling, stunning and killing. This Regulation removes this mutual recognition requirement. Certificates of competence issued in the UK will not be recognised in other Member States after the UK has left the EU.

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