Harmonization of Aquatic Animal Health Programs

Comment on this policy

The AVMA considers it to the benefit of aquatic animals, public health, seafood safety, and the environment, to encourage and work with all entities, including producer groups, allied organizations, and state and federal agencies, to ensure:

  1. That aquatic animal health programs are developed based on sound scientific principles and appropriate risk analysis;
  2. That, as aquatic animal health programs develop, they are harmonized (made consistent, but not necessarily identical) at international, national, state and local levels, in approaches to all aquatic animal species, and with existing terrestrial animal programs and regulations; and,
  3. That the AVMA and the veterinary profession are actively engaged with appropriate entities, as necessary, to promote these principles.