Veterinary Equivalency Agreement
In March 1998, the United States and the European Union signed the Veterinary Equivalency Agreement in Brussels, Belgium. Commission Decision 2003/833/EC amended the Annexes to the Agreement on sanitary measures to protect public and animal health. Commission Decision 2006/198/EC amended Annex V further in 2006.
The VEA allows veterinary inspection requirements to differ between the U.S. and the EU while safeguarding both parties’ right to establish its own level of public health protection.
To date, the EU has also concluded veterinary equivalency agreements with Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Chile. Negotiations are ongoing with Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay). The most recent Joint Management Committee meeting to discuss the VEA took place on October 12, 2011 in Washington DC.
- “The US-EU Veterinary Equivalency Agreement: Content and Comparison” (GAIN report E35219 – December 2005)