• THE HIGH HEALTH HORSE PROPOSAL

    The Tripartite Agreement (TPA) is recognised in EU law and will fall when Britain leaves the EU.  The TPA currently facilitates free movement of thoroughbreds between Ireland, the UK and France.   

    A proposal has been made to the Commission for High Health Horse status (3H), to be established in EU Animal Health Law - the EU’s new Animal Health Law will come into force in April 2021 – which would replace the TPA.  This could be open to all EU members, provided they demonstrate a high standard of animal health and sanitation.  This could also facilitate trade/movement with any other qualifying countries, not just with Britain - therefore, providing a possible opportunity to negotiate a broader and stronger agreement than the current TPA.   

    3H status would:

    ·         1.be available to any category of breeding and competition horse with demonstrably meets higher standards of health;

    ·         2.require Official Veterinarian and Official Control oversight to meet the conditions of national Competent Authorities and the EU;

    ·         3.facilitate expedited movement;

    ·         4.be complementary to the existing EU Tripartite Agreement and the OIE’s High Health, High Performance (HHP) status;

    ·         5.allow specific industry sectors to choose to support this solution by adopting Official Certification; and

    ·         6.establish operations and procedures through industry-funded IT solutions.  

    The 3H proposal has been endorsed by:

    ·         The International Horse Sport Confederation (IHSC)

    ·         The International Equestrian Federation (FEI)

    ·         The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)

    ·         The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation (EMHF)

    ·         The European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations (EFTBA) and

    ·         The European and African Stud Book Committee (EASBC)  

    The 3H proposal has been presented to The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). 

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