Consultation on proposals to amend the Transmissble Spongiform Encephalopathies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

Consultation opened on 26 February 2018. Closing date 22 April 2018.


The Department and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland are seeking views on a number of proposals to amend and replace the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

The Department seeks to implement TSE controls in line with EU requirements, and in the interest of public and animal health protection.

The consultation will run from 26 February 2018 to 22 April 2018.


Consultation description

The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 provides the powers to administer and enforce the provisions of the EU Regulations in Northern Ireland.

Since the regulations came into force in 2010, the EU has made a number of amendments to the EU TSE Regulations and reduced controls to reflect the reduced risk posed by BSE. These changes have been applied across the EU and have been implemented administratively in the United Kingdom pending the proposed update to domestic legislation.

A number of minor amendments have also been proposed to clarify and reflect policy, operational and technical changes since the regulations came into operation in 2010.

As part of the consultation, the Department is proposing to cease the payment to TSE Sampling sites for taking the brain stem samples.

There is also a proposal to allow for an independent appeal against the decision taken by the Department regarding non-compliance of the regulations.

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