Only electronic books in the new law on the IRZ system

The Ministry of Agriculture has rejected MIR’s request to amend the regulation on the registration book for cattle, pigs, sheep or goats due to ongoing work on the new animal identification and registration system law. The law states that the reporting of events, the submission of applications and the transmission of information will only be in electronic form.

In March, the Małopolska Chamber of Agriculture requested a change in the keeping of animal registration books.

MIR has requested a change in the above regulation so that registration in the ARMA office does not result in a return to the paper version of the book

As indicated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, in accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of 12 December 2018 on the cattle, pig, sheep or goat registry book, if a farmer using IRZPlus reports a change regarding until a given animal directly to the ARMA County Office, he is again required to keep a paper registration book for 3 years. In connection with the above, MIR has requested that the above regulation be amended so that registration in the ARMA office does not result in a return to the paper version of the book.

New animal identification and registration system law

In response, Lech Kołakowski, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, informed that a new Act on the Animal Identification and Registration System (No. UC102 in the list of legislative and program works of the Council of Ministers) is currently being drafted.

“The proposed regulation should allow adapting the IT system of the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARMA) to new tasks, including ensuring effective interoperability, integration and compatibility of elements of the computer database of the animal identification and registration system with the systems of the veterinary inspection, the systems referred to in art. 108 seconds. 4 lit. d of Regulation 2016/429 (e.g. the TRACES system) and with other IT systems related to animal health protection”- Kołakowski noted.

Keepers will report animal incidents, submit requests and submit information to the computer database in electronic form only.

As explained by the Secretary of State for Agriculture, owners of animals subject to the identification and registration obligation based on the provisions of the draft law will report incidents involving animals, submit applications and send information to the computer database in electronic form only, using the form available on the ARMA website, which allows you to enter information into a computer database.

“Therefore, it will be possible to benefit from the derogation provided for in Art. 102 paragraph 4 of Regulation 2016/429 and the exemption of animal keepers from the obligation to keep the documentation referred to in Art. 102 paragraph 1 of this Regulation”- added Kołakowski.

Until December 31, 2025, it is possible to submit declarations, applications and information on paper using the form provided by the Agency.

At the same time, he indicated that by 31 December 2025 at the latest, the declarations, applications and information referred to above, the owner of the equidae and the keeper of bovine, ovine, caprine or porcine animals other than the operator:

  • animal gathering place,
  • activities in the field of organizing animal fairs, exhibitions, shows or competitions or running a traveling circus or group of trained animals,
  • animal trade, brokerage, including trade or purchase of animals,
  • a slaughterhouse, poultry farm, processing plant or incinerator,

be able to report on paper on the form provided by the Agency.

Keepers of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs on paper before the entry into force of the draft law of the registration book, who have not made use of the possibility to report animal incidents using the form specified in the provisions of the Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development on the online form for entering data into the IT system of the Agency for the Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture, in which the register of tagged farm animals is kept, until the date of reporting to the computer database of events related to animals using a new form, available on the ARMA website, which allows information to be entered into the computer database, will be required to keep registration books under the current conditions, but no longer than until December 31, 2025.

“With the above in mind, I would like to inform you that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development does not currently intend to undertake any legislative work aimed at amending the currently applicable regulations on the register of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats ” – Kołakowski summed up.

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