New European Pet Passport Law Calls for Transponder ID


July 3, 2004

Brussels --
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.