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Extending Use of the GB Poultry Register

by 5m Editor
17 July 2008, at 1:14p.m.

UK - After public consultation, Defra (Animal Health) and the Welsh Assembly Government today announced changes in the use of personal data held on the GB Poultry Register in England and Wales. The changes will come into effect on 1 August 2008.

The Register was set up in December 2005 in response to increased threat of outbreaks of avian influenza. Poultry keepers with more than 50 birds are legally required to provide essential information about their premises to populate the Register. To date, the Register has been used for avian influenza risk assessment, prevention and control.

Use of the Register will be extended in the following areas:

  • management of other poultry diseases, including other notifiable diseases and zoonoses;
  • planning, response and recovery by the emergency services and other responders in civil emergencies affecting poultry premises, including avian disease outbreaks;
  • planning of visits related to legislation on veterinary medicines and on animal welfare;
  • providing information as necessary to the EC to substantiate UK claims for compensation from the EU in the event of a disease outbreak;
  • informing the work of Defra and Welsh Assembly Government statisticians and economists in the development of evidence-based policy;
  • informing the annual agricultural census and hence enabling the poultry questions to be removed from the census;
  • facilitating (non-commercial) ad-hoc surveys as part of Defra and Welsh Assembly Government's regional and national activities towards achieving their strategic objectives, including for example England's Sustainable Food and Farming Strategy and GB's Animal Health and Welfare Strategy. This work may include the provision of advice and information to individual poultry keepers; and
  • informing the development of future customer contact management and registration as part of Animal Health's Business Reform Programme. Jeff Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health, said:

"The additional uses of the Register will make the best of this valuable resource. We fully recognise the sensitivities and risks around data sharing and take very seriously our responsibilities for the proper handling of personal data. We will ensure that procedures and safeguards are in place to protect the personal data of poultry keepers and that these are consistent with the advice and recommendations from the report in June 2008 by the Cabinet Secretary on data handling in government, and from the recently completed independent review on data sharing by Richard Thomas and Dr Mark Walport.

"Poultry keepers stand to benefit from better joined up working within government reducing the need to ask them for the same data on numerous occasions. There are also benefits for the taxpayer from potential cost savings in the control of exotic and endemic poultry diseases as well as public health benefits from improved control of zoonotic poultry diseases."

Further Reading

- You can view a copy of the summary of responses to the consultation by clicking here.

5m Editor