Health authorisation is part of disease prevention in aquaculture businesses


<p>The sale or transfer of fish, crayfish or mussels for food, on-growing or restocking from farms or from ponds with natural nutrition is not permitted without a health authorisation. The health authorisation system collects information about the aquaculture industry and promotes the prevention, control and eradication of diseases in aquaculture animals.</p>

The aim is also to retain the disease free status for animal diseases which are to be controlled in the country or area, and to increase the preparedness for rapid disease control in case of a possible disease outbreak.

The health authorisation also increases the awareness, preparedness and personal responsibility of businesses with respect to the prevention of the spread of animal diseases. The authorisation aims at ensuring that the establishments as a result of their operations do not constitute a risk for the spread of diseases to other establishments or to wild animals.
Farmers of aquaculture animals (fish, crayfish or mussels and fertilised gametes of these) have applied for authorisation for their operation from Evira. Authorisation is also required for fish cleaning establishments in VHS containment areas (Åland, Uusikaupunki, Pyhäranta, and Rauma). On Åland, the authorisation is applied for from the Åland Government.

Since 1.2.2009, authorisation has been granted to 296 applicants. A list of authorised Finnish businesses and their processing establishments has been published on Evira’s Internet pages:

Businesses in other EU member countries that have acquired health authorisation:

The health authorisation is based on EC legislation and is required for aquaculture production businesses in all EU member countries (directive 2006/88/EC). In Finland the need for authorisation is based on legislation that came into force on 1.8.2008: (amendment 408/2008 to the Animal Diseases Act and the decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on the control of animal diseases in fish, crustaceans and molluscs 470/2008.

For additional information
Senior Officer Tuula Lundén, Evira, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24331

Directive 2006/88/EC

Amendment 408/2008 to the Animal Diseases Act (in Finnish)

Decree 470/2008 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (in Finnish)


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