Species and groups posing a risk of spread of aquatic animal diseases
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EU reviews and updates the list of species, and groups of species, that are susceptible to aquatic animal diseases
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/925 of 14 June 2022 amending the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1882 concerning listed diseases of aquatic animals and the list of species and groups of species posing a considerable risk for the spread of those listed diseases
The EU is reviewing and updating the list of species, and groups of species, that are susceptible to aquatic animal diseases. The main change is that the common names of the species are replaced by their scientific names.
food-producing aquatic animals
What is changing?
The Commission is updating the list of aquatic animal diseases, and the list of species and groups of species posing a considerable risk for the spread of those diseases. The main change is that the common names of the species are replaced by their scientific names (Table 1).
The list in the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2018/1882 is amended to include only the scientific name of each species. Common names for food-producing aquatic animals often vary from one Member State to another. This variation may result in the potential risk of disease spread, if animals are not correctly identified. The scientific name for a particular species remains constant. So the list is being amended to include only the scientific names of species and groups of species that can transmit the listed diseases, either through being susceptible to them or by acting as vectors. A list of scientific names of species relevant for each listed disease, plus the corresponding common names of each species in the English language, is available here. The review is also seeking an appropriate level of convergence with the standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, formerly OIE).
The Implementing Regulation was published on 14 June 2022 and entered into force 20 days after that date.
Regulation (EU) 2016/429 lays down rules for the prevention and control of diseases that are transmissible to animals or humans, including rules for prioritising and categorising listed diseases. Species and groups of species that are susceptible to aquatic diseases and can transmit such diseases are listed in the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2018/1882. The EU has reviewed this list to ensure that it reflects the latest scientific knowledge, seeking convergence with WOAH standards.
Scientific and common names of aquatic species listed in the Table in the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1882
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