This new year 2023 will be marked by several key initiatives in the animal health and welfare sector at European level. Amongst these, the publication of secondary legislation to complement the revision of the legislation on veterinary medicinal products in force since 2019 will be important for our profession. The aim of this text will be to improve the fight against antibiotic resistance.
The beginning of this year, which is also characterised by the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU from January to July, will be marked by a strong European commitment to the fight against antibiotic resistance, which is a priority in Sweden’s work programme.
A second priority will be the long-awaited revision of the European animal welfare legislation, which will notably include regulations on breeding, transport, killing conditions of animals as well as animal welfare labelling.
Finally, regarding the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) pandemic in poultry, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is currently assessing the availability of HPAI vaccines for poultry and considering possible vaccination strategies.
Wishing you all a happy new year 2023 !

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