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Competent Authority

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The Marine Institute is the Competent Authority* responsible for the implementation of the EU Animal Health Regulation 2016/429 in Ireland which lays down rules for the prevention and control of animal diseases which are transmissible to animals or humans.

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 and associated implementing regulations, replaced the regulatory framework provided by Directive 2006/88/EC in April 2021. 

Irish National Legislation is currently being developed in support the EU Animal Health Regulation 2016/429.

In its role as the Competent Authority the Marine Institute carries out a number of functions including:

 *A Competent Authority is an organisation that has been legally delegated or invested authority, capacity, or power to perform a designated function