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Guidance on risk assessment for animal welfare

Sanaa, M. and Broom, D. and Keeling, Linda and Szücs, E and Oltenacu, Pascal A. and Webster, J and More, S and Morton, D. and Algers, Bo and Salman, M. and Velarde, A. and Sharp, M and Hartung, J. and Thulke, H-H and Vannier, P. and Wierup, Martin and Aiassa, Elisa and Ribó, Oriol (2012). Guidance on risk assessment for animal welfare. ESFA Journal. 10:1, 1-30
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2513

Abstract

The document provides methodological guidance to assess risks for animal welfare, considering the various husbandry systems, management procedures and the different animal welfare issues. The terminology for the risk assessment of animal welfare is described. Risk assessment should not be carried out unless the relevant welfare problem is clearly specified and formulated. The major components of the problem formulation are the description of the exposure scenario, the target population and the conceptual model linking the relevant factors of animal welfare concern. The formal risk assessment consists of exposure assessment, consequence characterisation, and risk characterisation. The systematic evaluation of the various aspects and components of the assessment procedure aims at ensuring its consistency. All assumptions used in problem formulation and risk assessment need to be clear. This also applies to uncertainty and variability in the various steps of the risk assessment. The choice between qualitative, semi-qualitative or quantitative approaches should be made based on the purpose or the type of questions to be answered, data, and resource availability for a specific risk assessment. Quantitative data should be used whenever possible. Positive effects on welfare (benefit) could be handled within the framework of risk assessment if the analysis considers factors as having both positive and negative effects on animal welfare. The last section details the main components of risk assessment documentation.

Authors/Creators:Sanaa, M. and Broom, D. and Keeling, Linda and Szücs, E and Oltenacu, Pascal A. and Webster, J and More, S and Morton, D. and Algers, Bo and Salman, M. and Velarde, A. and Sharp, M and Hartung, J. and Thulke, H-H and Vannier, P. and Wierup, Martin and Aiassa, Elisa and Ribó, Oriol
Title:Guidance on risk assessment for animal welfare
Series/Journal:ESFA Journal (1831-4732)
Year of publishing :2012
Volume:10
Number:1
Page range:1-30
Number of Pages:30
Publisher:European Food Safety Authority
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Animal Health and Welfare
ISSN:1831-4732
Language:English
Additional Information:Published with permisson of ESFA-journal
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:animal welfare, risk assessment, problem areas
Keywords:Animal welfare risk assessment, Problem formulation, Exposure assessment, Consequence characterisation, Risk characterisation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1724
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1724
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DOI10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2513
ID Code:10568
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:06 Feb 2014 11:23
Metadata Last Modified:10 Jan 2015 11:07

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