Animal Health Bill: Proposals for inclusion

Proposals set out in the draft Animal Health Bill include:



• A new, independent body with responsibility for all animal health policy and delivery in England


• A statutory role for the UK chief veterinary officer, based at DEFRA


• The new body will be a non-departmental public body, funded by DEFRA and taking over DEFRA’s current funding for animal health


• Disease control policies will be strengthened and it will be possible to tailor payment schemes to support them


• Cost sharing measures will be taken forward through a future Finance Bill


• Animal health policy and delivery decisions will be the responsibility of an independent board of experts, with knowledge of animal health


• Key decisions during a disease outbreak will be made by the chair and chief executive of the new body, on the advice of the chief veterinary officer for England


• Decisions will be reached through open and transparent processes, on the basis of sound evidence


• Co-ordination of disease control across the UK and international representation will be overseen by a chief veterinary officer for the UK.


• For more on the Animal Health Bill