The Revised Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP) 2013
On May 3, 2013, APHIS published a Notice in the Federal Register informing the public of revisions under consideration for the Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP), and seeking comments on the planned revisions. The revised SFCP will continue to provide sheep and goat producers the opportunity to increase the marketability of their animals through demonstrating a negligible scrapie risk in their flock or herd. The revised program will additionally enhance APHIS' scrapie surveillance strategy, contributing to the final push to eradicate this disease from our nation's sheep and goat populations.
In the planned revision, the Complete Monitored category will be eliminated from the SFCP. Flocks currently participating in this category, including Complete Monitored and Certified flocks, will have the option of converting to either the Export category or Select category of the revised SFCP. Flock owners deciding to convert to the Export or Select category will need to inform their VS Area Office, in writing, of their intent to do so by October 31, 2013; after that date flock owners who have not informed APHIS of their intention to convert will be removed from the program and their flock's status will be removed from the APHIS website.
The revised program is scheduled to go into effect after the 30-day comment period, June 3, 2013, unless significant scientific or programmatic issues come to light from comments received. The Notice, which provides instructions for submitting comments on the revisions under consideration to APHIS, can be accessed below.
The SFCP standards have been revised to reflect the new structure and requirements of the program. Those draft standards are available below, as well as the current SFCP standards for comparison. Additionally, a presentation outlining the revised SFCP has been prepared and can be accessed below.
Additional Information About the Scrapie Flock Certification Program
Last Modified: May 3, 2013