The TSE Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018

European Commission legislation lays down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and scrapie in sheep in the European Union (EU). These rules have been managed and enforced in Northern Ireland (NI) by a series of TSE Regulations.


The Regulations were first introduced in Northern Ireland in 2002, and were updated and amended in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Since then, there have been a number of amendments made to the EU TSE Regulations which has resulted in the requirement to update the NI 2010 domestic Regulations to reflect these and various operational and technical changes.

The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (NI) Regulation 2010 are now being replaced by the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (NI) 2018. These Regulations will come into effect 03 January 2019.

Regional coverage

This guidance is only relevant in Northern Ireland. England and Wales have introduced similar TSE Regulations, while Scotland anticipate the introduction of their regulations later in 2019. 


The purpose of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 is to amend arrangements for managing and enforcing the European Union (EU) Regulation (EC 999/2001) in Northern Ireland. It provides the requirements with which those in the livestock, meat and feed industries have to comply with in order to meet the EU Regulation and provides offences for non compliance with the Regulations.
EU requirements are directly applicable to EU countries/member states and their requirements must be complied with.

Contacts for further advice and guidance

For further information regarding policy aspects on the TSE Regulations, you should contact us.

For further information and or advice on how the Regulations may affect you and what you need to do to comply, you should contact your DAERA Direct Office. Details of local offices can be found by visiting the DAERA website: DAERA Direct Offices.

Links to relevant Regulations and Legislation

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