Changes to streamline National Vendor Declaration system

Key points:

  • Updated versions of the LPA NVD for all species to be released in July
  • eDEC system to be decommissioned
  • Reminder of updated eNVD system now available

A suite of changes to the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) are being released this year, providing an easier, more efficient and cost-effective system for producers and supply chain stakeholders to interact with Australia’s red meat integrity system.

The NVD communicates the food safety status of every animal every time it moves along the value chain – between properties, to saleyards, or to processors.

The changes include the release of updated versions of NVDs for all species in July, and the decommissioning of the eDEC system at the end of the year.

The changes follow the release of the updated electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system last month.

Integrity Systems Company (ISC) CEO Dr Jane Weatherley said the development of updated versions of Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) NVDs for all species followed a review of all current NVD versions by SAFEMEAT in 2019, which recommended a number of changes be made.

“Updated versions of NVDs for all species will be available from 1 July 2020, to be identified by version number 0720,” Dr Weatherley said.

“Current versions of NVDs for all species will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, only the updated versions of all NVDs (0720) will be accepted for all species.

“Key changes to NVDs for all species include removal of Part C (Agent’s Declaration), which is rarely used by industry and is not required for any legislative reason, and the inclusion of a ‘destination PIC’ section, which is a legislative requirement in Western Australia and Tasmania and will be optional for other states.

“For sheep NVDs, there will be a new section for the number of electronic devices included in the consignment to accommodate the mandatory use of electronic NLIS in Victoria and its increasing use in other states.

“As part of the Meat & Livestock Australia Accelerated Adoption Initiative announced in November 2019, there is no cost for NVD books until 30 June 2021.”

With the release of the new eNVD system, which does everything the eDEC does, but in a more user-friendly way, the eDEC system will be decommissioned on 31 December 2020.

“eDEC users with tokens on their accounts have until 31 December 2020 to use them. After that date, eDEC users who need or want to continue using an electronic version can use the eNVD,” Dr Weatherley said.

“Running one single digital system will be a cost saving to industry.”

Dr Weatherley encouraged all LPA accredited producers, feedlots and value chain stakeholders to utilise the new eNVD system.

“The new eNVD has a user-centric design that is easy to navigate, removes duplication, and can be completed on a mobile device or desktop computer,” Dr Weatherley said.

“Adopting the new eNVD is simpler and more accurate for the whole supply chain. All consignments are in the one place and instantly available online, enabling stakeholders to log in and view eNVDs, including receivers of a consignment or animal.”

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