Argentina recognises that methods for the continuous monitoring and surveillance for the presence of scrapie are still being developed and fall short of the standards that will be expected in the future. Argentina has the aim of continuously developing its surveillance system for scrapie using the best practical and cost-effective methods available. These methods should be effective and be agreed internationally in order to assist authorities to classify countries according to their scrapie status. Argentina alongside New Zealand, Australia and some other countries that have an enviable reputation in regard to scrapie-freedom wishes to be in the forefront of these proposed advancements. To this end Argentina intends to develop its monitoring and surveillance programme as follows:








Consideration will be given to amending the current ban on feeding ruminant protein to ruminant animals to a ban on feeding mammalian protein to ruminant animals.