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Animal Health Advisory Committee

About the Committee

All those with an interest in animal health have their role to play and responsibilities to fulfil in optimising performance and results. As part of its Animal Health Strategy, since 2008 the Commission deepened and strengthened its structured collaborative approach with stakeholders by creating the Animal Health Advisory Committee, in an effort to maintain effective partnerships at all levels.

The Committee meets regularly and follows animal health situations, policy developments and progress. It is informed of and consulted on impact assessments, significant animal disease outbreaks, on a wide range of planned, discussed or finalised and implemented rules or measures, EU positions, studies, EFSA opinions, research projects, stakeholder own initiatives, and on many more similar items.

It advises the Commission on relevant aspects and on the best means of delivering agreed outcomes. It may also provide strategic guidance on the appropriate level of animal or public health protection, and on priorities for action and communication.


Administratively the Animal Health Advisory Committee is a sub-group of the current Advisory group on sustainability of food systems (AGSFS). Previously it was a sub-group of the preceding Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health (AGFC). It is chaired by the Head of DG SANTE's Animal Health Unit (G2), with the special participation of 3 representatives of Chief Veterinary Officers of three EU Member States (so-called Trio Presidency, i.e. past, present and future Presidencies).

Invited organisations:

  • All members of the AGSFS
  • Specific expertise ad hoc when needed

More information on members of a sub-group can be found in the Register of Commission Expert groups and in the Transparency Register.


  • Agendas will be drawn up by SANTE Unit G2
  • Stakeholders may request discussion of specific issues of interest for the AH Advisory Committee
  • Agendas, presentations and summaries are publicly available below for the last three calendar years

Frequency of Meetings

  • 1 to 4 times a year
  • Ad-hoc meetings may be organised on specific issues (crisis, key topics, etc.)

Meetings 2023

10 November

2 June

Meetings 2022

28 October

7 June

Meetings 2021

12 October

26 March

Meetings 2020

29 October

Meetings 2019

3 December

20 May

Meetings 2018

3 December

2 July

Meetings 2017

18 December

14 March

Meetings 2016

17 June

Meetings 2015

19 June

9 March

Meetings 2014

24 November