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Animal Health and Welfare

The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) provides scientific advice on all aspects of animal diseases and animal welfare. Its work chiefly concerns food producing animals, including fish.

AHAW Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

  • Risk assessment, quantitative risk assessment, modelling
  • Microbiology and pathology (applied to infectious diseases of food-producing animals, including aquatic animals)
  • Epidemiology
  • Animal welfare
  • Animal production (husbandry, housing and management, animal transport and stunning and killing of animals)

Panel Members

AHAW Panel Members, 2018-2021

ChairNielsen, Søren Saxmose
Vice-ChairMichel, Virginie; Miranda Chueca, Miguel Ángel
MemberAlvarez, Julio; Bicout, Dominique Joseph; Calistri, Paolo; Canali, Elisabetta (as of December 2020); Drewe, Julian Ashley; Drewe, Julian Ashley; Garin-Bastuji, Bruno; Gonzales Rojas, Jose Luis; Gortázar Schmidt, Christian; Herskin, Mette (as of September 2020); Padalino, Barbara (as of December 2020); Pasquali, Paolo (as of September 2020); Roberts, Helen Clare; Sihvonen, Liisa Helena; Spoolder, Hans; Stahl, Karl; Velarde Calvo, Antonio (as of September 2019); Viltrop, Arvo; Winckler, Christoph

View Declarations of Interests and CVs.

Previous Panel Members


Chair: Simon More
Vice-Chair: Hans-Hermann Thulke
MemberDominique Joseph Bicout; Andrew Butterworth; Anette Bøtner; Paolo Calistri; Klaus Depner; Sandra Edwards; Bruno Garin-Bastuji; Margaret Good; Christian Gortazar Schmidt; Virginie Michel, Vice-Chair Miguel Ángel Miranda Chueca; Søren Saxmose Nielsen; Mohan Raj; Liisa Helena Sihvonen; Hans Spoolder; Jan Arend Stegeman; Antonio Velarde; Preben Willeberg; Christoph Winckler


Chair: Simon More
Vice-Chair: Hans-Hermann Thulke
Member: Edit Authie; Charlotte Berg; Anette Bøtner; Howard Browman; Ilaria Capua (until July 2014); Aline De Koijer; Klaus Depner; Mariano Domingo; Christian Ducrot (as of October 2014); Sandra Edwards; Christine Fourichon; Frank Koenen; Mohan Raj; Liisa Sihvonen; Hans Spoolder; Jan Arend Stegeman; Antonio Velarde; Ivar Vågsholm; Preben Willeberg; Stéphan Zientara (until July 2014)


Chair: Philippe Vannier
Vice-Chair: Jörg Hartung; James Michael Sharp
Member: Anette Botner; Donald Broom; Markus Doherr; Mariano Domingo; Linda Keeling; Frank Koenen; Simon More; David B. Morton; Pascal Oltenacu; Albert Osterhaus (until July 2011); Fulvio Salati; Mo Salman; Moez Sanaa; Jan Arend Stegeman; Endre Szucs; Hans-Hermann Thulke; Anthony John Francis Webster; Martin Wierup

The Declarations of Interests and CVs of previous Panel members are available upon interestmanagement [at] (request).


Risk assessment in animal health and welfare

EFSA networks with Member States to build a mutual understanding of risk assessment principles in the area of animal health and welfare, to promote harmonisation of animal health and welfare risk assessment practices and methodologies and to reduce the duplication of activities by identifying and sharing current and upcoming priorities.

Subgroup meetings

Working groups

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Name Meetings, agendas and minutes (last updated)
AMR-AHL (M-2019-02012)
Control measures Cat. A diseases-AHL
Early indicators and syndromic surveillance project
EFSA SWG on lumpy skin disease
Equine herpesvirus-1
Panel SWG African swine fever
Rift Valley Fever
SARS-Cov2 monitoring in mink
SWG avian influenza
Update AHAW Guidance documents
Welfare at slaughter and killing (M-2018-0182)
Welfare FarmToFork
Welfare FarmToFork - Protection of pigs
Welfare FarmToFork - Transport of caged species
Welfare FarmToFork - Transport of Free Moving Species
Welfare FarmToFork - Welfare of Broilers
Welfare FarmToFork - Welfare of Laying Hens
Welfare FarmToFork - Welfare on calves

Closed working groups

Name Minutes (last update)
African swine fever
African swine fever - 2013
AHL and 7 diseases
Animal-based measures (ABMs) gap analysis
Animal-based welfare indicators (dairy cows)
Avian Influenza
Avian Influenza Monitoring (Art.31)
Avian Influenza Monitoring (Art.31) - EFSA-Q-2017-00649
Avian Influenza Monitoring (Art.31) - EFSA-Q-2017-00825
Bee health
Bovine Tuberculosis self-task
Bovine tuberculosis vaccination
Broiler welfare assessment - animal-based measures
Bsal Art. 31
Data collection in broiler slaughterhouses
Dioxide Stunning of Rabbits
Echinococcus (Art. 29)
Electrical Stunning of Lambs
Enzootic bovine leukosis
Foot and mouth disease
Guidance on assessing alt. stunning methods
HEALTHY-B self task
Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA)
Influenza A (H3N2v) virus
Info session with stakeholders
Low atmosphere pressure system (LAP) for stunning of poultry
Low Atmospheric Pressure System for stunning chickens
Lumpy skin art. 31
Meat Inspection
Monitoring procedures at slaughter
Multifactorial Approach for Pig welfare assessment
Oyster mortality
Perches for poultry
Porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED)
Pregnant animals
Rabies in foxes
Reduction of antimicrobials
Review of the zoonosis report 2009
Revision stunning guidance (M-2017-0187)
Rift Valley Fever
Schmallenberg II
Sheep and goat pox, lumpy skin, peste de petit ruminants
SIGMA Data Collection (M-2018-0011)
Small scale dairy farms
Stunning of Lambs
Stunning of rabbits
Treatments of casings
Tuberculosis testing
Urgent advice on Lumpy Skin Disease
Vector-borne diseases
Waterbath Stunning
Welfare of calves and beef cattle
Welfare of rabbits on-farm (M-2018-0124)
Welfare of sheep

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