The European Commission has amended the list of permitted rapid tests which can be used in the European Union for the detection of transmissible spongiform encepalopathies (TSEs) such as BSE.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1064/2012, published on 13 November, lists the tests now approved, and amends Annex X to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001.
The Regulation stresses that producers of rapid tests must have a quality assurance system in place that has been approved by the European Union Reference Laboratory and also to ensure that the test performance does not change. Producers must provide the European Union Reference Laboratory with the test protocols.
This Regulation comes at a time when there is a proposal from the EU to change the monitoring arrangements for the detection of BSE in cattle away from the current all animals over 72 months to a much “lighter-touch” regime. A formal consultation is expected on this very shortly from the Food Standards Agency to which the Government Chemist will be responding.
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