EFTBA Calls for Emergency Import Licence for ARVAC at Autumn Meeting

Emma Berry

The European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders' Association held its series of Autumn Meetings at the John Lambton Rooms, National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket Nov. 23. A number of matters were discussed at the Autumn Meeting, including the need for an emergency import license for the Equine Viral Arteritis vaccine, known as ARVAC to be granted for Europe's breeding nations. Agreeing to show its support for applications by our country members, the objective is to ensure ARVAC is made available for the start of the 2024 thoroughbred breeding season. EFTBA is calling for the licence to be granted for 2024, with a review later in the year to establish whether the current manufacturing failure will result in the permanent loss of the Artervac vaccine.

“We are doing this on behalf of our European industry which represents 23,000 Thoroughbred breeders in Europe and creates direct and indirect employment for 150,000 people and represents 2.4% of all agricultural output in its multi-billion- euro value to the EU economies,” said EFTBA Chairman Joe Hernon. “This industry has been placed in a situation of significantly increased risk of an EVA incursion, which would have catastrophic consequences, as a result of the manufacturing failure of the hitherto widely used vaccine – Artervac. The granting of an emergency import licence, to

enable ARVAC to be available for the start of the 2024 thoroughbred breeding season, would protect us from this damaging vulnerability.”

Among other matters discussed:

  • EFTBA Country Reports: Regarding the annual collating and presenting of country reports, which gives a statistical insight into status of the European thoroughbred breeding industry, a digital survey would be launched early in 2024. The survey will cover all key areas and be presented at the EFTBA 2024 AGM.
  • EFTBA Promotional Videos Series: Following the production of the inaugural EFTBA promotional video, positive feedback has been received from all quarters. As a result, the EFTBA will produce series of videos for next year and beyond, with each one highlighting key areas of Europe's thoroughbred breeding industry.
  • Plans are also being put in place to update the current EFTBA website to make it more visually appealing, easier to navigate and ultimately a comprehensive information hub for breeders.
  • The TBA successfully launched its Carbon Calculator Tool Project. Plans are being put in place for other European counties to follow suit.
  • An agreement for the extended cooperation between EFTBA and EHN (European Horse Network) on mutually matters of interest to benefit breeders.
  • EFTBA 2024 AGM: The French TBA has offered to host the 2024 AGM of EFTBA next year in Paris during the month of June.

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