Sanctions – EHV-1 By-Laws

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An information from FEI Communications Department


Dear National Federations,
We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming sanction system related to the EHV-1 By-Laws and Horse Health Requirements, which will come into force on 1 October 2021 for all Events in Mainland Europe (all Events that start on or after 1 October 2021). 
You will note that the FEI Board decided yesterday (see full Board Meeting Wrap-Up) that the first month (from 1-31 October) should be considered as a transition period to reinforce the required procedures and educate the community of the consequences of non-compliance with sanctions to be implemented officially as of 1 November 2021.
The sanctions will be applied with regards to non-compliance of:
• EHV-1 By-Law No. 5. Mandatory rectal temperature checks of all horses twice daily at events, with the readings entered in the FEI HorseApp.
• EHV-1 By-Law No. 10. Horse Health Status Self-declaration by Athlete/Groom including horse rectal temperatures for the 10 days before arrival to the event, both entered in the FEI HorseApp.
The sanctions apply per Horse and will be issued by FEI Headquarters following an automated process. The fine (where applicable) will be issued to the Person Responsible. Sanctions are not appealable. If the Ground Jury fails to eliminate a Horse when elimination is the applicable sanction, the FEI Headquarters shall be entitled to retroactively disqualify the relevant Horse. 
The FEI may also, in accordance with EHV-1 By-Law No.1, impose EHV related requirements & restrictions against Athletes, Horses, FEI Officials, OCs at any time, even if an FEI Event is over. 
For the purpose of establishing multiple violations of the requirements set out in the EHV-1 By-Laws, the period to take into consideration shall be 12 months from the first offence. For the avoidance of doubt, multiple violations at an Event will have the consequences set out in the relevant By-Law but, for the purpose of calculating multiple violations within a 12-month period, violations will be counted on a “Per Horse, Per Event” basis. 
Horses blocked in the FEI Database will be unblocked after the Athlete/Groom has registered 10 consecutive days of twice taken rectal temperatures in the FEI HorseApp. 
The EHV-1 By-Laws can be found here and the Sanctions are described here.
A dedicated team at FEI Headquarters are providing IT support for all FEI HorseApp queries. Information on the FEI HorseApp for Athletes, Grooms, Owners, Trainers, Veterinarians, Organisers & National Federations, and how to use it can be found here.
We urge all National Federations to inform their Athletes and to use this month of education to ensure their stakeholders are fully up to speed on the EHV-1 By-Laws prior to sanctions being officially implemented on 1 November 2021.
Kind regards,
FEI Communications Department

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