The overall objectives of the EHV-1 By-Laws are to protect FEI horses and global equestrian sports from the consequences of infectious diseases being transmitted before, during and after FEI Events. And to provide reassurance of the high health of equestrian sport horses to global, continental and national veterinary authorities and organisations in order to maintain and further improve the conditions for international movement of such horses.
As communicated to our community on 27 May 2021 and published on the Updates section of the dedicated EHV-1 hub, the FEI Board has approved certain amendments and extensions to the EHV-1 By-Laws.
These amendments and extensions are based on experience gained during the period 12 April to 30 May 2021 when the EHV-1 By-Laws (Return To Competition measures) were in force at all Events in Mainland Europe held under FEI jurisdiction.
The FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group played an important role in assessing which of the original EHV-1 By-Laws needed to be prolonged beyond the original seven-week period and what additional measures were required in the new EHV-1 By-Laws. The assessment process also involved close cooperation with the relevant stakeholders, including the Equestrian Organisers.
The EHV-1 By-Laws as detailed below are applicable in Mainland Europe from 31 May 2021 to 31 December 2021. In addition, the measures will be included in the draft 2022 FEI Veterinary Regulations and, subject to approval at the FEI General Assembly, will be implemented globally from 1 January 2022.