Friday, June 21, 2013

APHIS provides Guidance Document on RFID implants in goats

APHIS provides Guidance Document on RFID implants in goats

on May 29 in AGF Activities, Industry News, News, News Releases
Provided by:
Diane L. Sutton
National Scrapie Program Coordinator
National Center for Animal Health Programs
Veterinary Services
It has come to our attention that some goat registries are allowing the use of RFID implants for registry purposes that are not compliant with ISO standards 11784 and 11785. These standards require RFID implants for animals to be 15 digits including a 3 digit country or manufacturer code and to read at 134.2 kHz. While APHIS does not regulate what registries may use to identify goats for registration, it does determine what devices can be used for official identification. In order for a registered goat identified with an RFID to move in commerce without any other form of official identification, such as an eartag, guidance provided by APHIS in 2011 specified that:
1. Implants need to comply with the above ISO standards in order to be used as official identification,
2. Animals officially identified with implants must be accompanied by a copy of their registration certificate on which the RFID number is recorded, and a reader that can read the implant in the animal.

This guidance has been updated and is attached. It is also available online at: http://www.eradicatescrapie.org/Educational%20Resources/pdf/EID_microchip_as_official_ID.pdf
Rather than disrupt stakeholder activities, APHIS has elected not to enforce the requirement that an implant be ISO compliant in order to be used as official identification until March 11,2014. This decision is consistent with the new traceability rule requirements for horses.
This means that any implant applied after this date not compliant with ISO standards 11784 and 11785 (15 digits includ ing a 3 digit country or manufacturer code and readable at 134.2 kHz) will not be acceptable as official identification. Further, any implants applied after March 11, 2015 will have to have the 840 country code, rather than a manufacturer code, in order to be used as official identification and will have to be approved by APHIS for use in goats.
Implants applied before these dates will be acceptable as official identification for the life of the animal as long as the other requirements are met.  A list of approved 840 implant and official eartag manufacturers is maintained at:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/approved-tag-co.shtml

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