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Domestic Animals Registries Inc

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Ratification Date: 01 Jan 2007

Position statement

Where state governments enact laws or regulations to control microchip identification systems for domestic animals, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) hopes that they will institute similar protocols to those of Domestic Animal Registries Inc (DAR) or subcontract DAR to perform registry control and auditing functions.

Background

DAR is a registry watchdog organisation comprising representatives from the AVA, RSPCA Victoria, Cat Protection Society Victoria, and the Dog and Cat Management Board of South Australia. It is a separate legal entity set up for the specific purpose of supervising microchip registries on behalf of the community.

DAR has developed protocols to ensure the performance of registries of data on owners and their domestic animals that have been permanently identified by implanted radio frequency identification (RFID) technology (‘microchipping’) and to inspire public confidence in these registries.

Registry service providers (RSPs) agree to enter into a legally binding contract with DAR to abide by the DAR protocols. DAR monitors and enforces the protocols via regular auditing of all operations.

The DAR protocols have become the industry standard for RFID registry operation and management in Australasia. They form the basis for the Informative Annex ZB, Companion Animal Registry Considerations, of the Australian Standard AS 5019: Electronic Animal Identification — Radiofrequency Methods; the Quality Assurance Programme for Companion Animal Microchipping associated with the New Zealand standard; the Urban Animal Management group’s position paper on microchips; and the proposed state government RFID schemes in Victoria and South Australia.

The specific objectives of DAR are:

  • to ensure registry performance so that RFID technology can be used to enable the prompt reunion of lost pets with their owners and as a tool for urban animal management
  • to help guarantee uniqueness of transponder numbers in conjunction with management of transponder skeleton records and audit trails
  • to protect owners’ rights regarding recorded data where no specific legislation has been enacted
  • to guarantee RSP performance and ensure continuity of registry activity if an RSP defaults
  • to address confidentiality and privacy issues and prevent commercial exploitation of the data
  • to ensure an RSP does not favour one technology or commercial entity over another.

Other relevant policies and position statements

Electronic identification of animals

Date of ratification by AVA Board 1 January 2007