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01-01-2008 - Compulsory microchipping of sheep and goats in the EU On 16 November, the Commission adopted a report and a proposal on the introduction of mandatory electronic identification (microchipping) for sheep and goats throughout the EU. Microchipping is the essential tool to allow individual traceability of small ruminants, which is important for ensuring animal health and food safety.
In 2003, Member States agreed that the principle of individual traceability of small ruminants should be established in the EU. At the time, however, electronic tagging systems were not yet sufficiently developed for this to be feasible. It was therefore agreed that research into and development of individual electronic tagging
should proceed, with a view to it being introduced as soon as possible.
In the report, the Commission outlines the results of pilot projects and affirms that electronic identification could now be effectively implemented throughout the EU. In line with the conclusions of the report, the implementation of mandatory electronic identification is envisaged by the end of 2009.

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