Following BSAVA's recent decision to withdraw its support as chair of the Microchip Advisory Group, members met at BSAVA World Congress to discuss the ongoing promotion of the MAG code of practice within the industry.
Following BSAVA's recent decision to withdraw its support as chair of the Microchip Advisory Group (MAG), a group of microchip distributors and manufacturers met at BSAVA World Congress to discuss the ongoing promotion of the MAG code of practice within the industry.
In a statement released after the group's March meeting at the Dogs Trust HQ, the BSAVA said it would continue to support the group in a more passive role.
However, it was decided that working groups of microchip suppliers, databases and users would aim to meet during BSAVA congress 2012 to discuss the future of the group, its chair, aims and direction.
MAG was established more than 15 years ago to create a framework for the responsible supply and registration of microchips and the training of all implanters – subjects that will become increasingly important as discussions about compulsory microchipping progress.
Members present at the meeting last Thursday (April 12), who have all signed up to the code of practice, agreed that it was important for the industry to continue to protect, maintain and promote the code strongly.
Such support would help reassure vets, other authorised implanters and pet owners that microchips supplied within the code of practice not only conform to the required ISO standards but are also registered on a professionally managed database to ensure the fast and effective reunification of lost animals (which is, after all the main purpose of microchipping).