New European Pet Passport Law Calls for Transponder ID
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2004
The European Union has implemented new legislation governing the import of pet animals into member nations.
Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of 26 May 2003, entitled “On animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet animals and amending Council Directive 92/65/EEC,” entered into force on 3 July 2004. It stipulates that pet animals entering member nations be provided with a “pet passport” to clearly determine its identity, proof of vaccination and positive ID.
For an eight year transitional period, this positive ID may be either a tattoo or electronic ID (transponder.) Article 4 of the law stipulates that transponders must “comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785.”
In other words, complying transponders are those commonly known as:
HDX-B (not suitable for use in cats and dogs)
Trovan 128 Khz
Destron 125 Khz, or ‘FECAVA” or “FDX-A”
Datamars 125 Khz
Of these, only Trovan 128 Khz and Destron 125 Khz have significant installed bases in countries affected by the law (non-member nations).
Other transponders may be used, but in that case the pet owner must furnish a compatible reader at his own cost.
After the transitional period, only the transponder specified in Article 4.1 may be used.