Number of Brucella canis tests during the 3rd quarter of 2023

Ms Buckley made this Freedom of Information request to Animal and Plant Health Agency Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

The request was refused by Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Dear Animal and Plant Health Agency,

Thank you for complying with previous requests.

I would like to request the following for the third quarter of 2023 (01.07.2023 - 30.09.2023):
1. For tests carried out at the APHA laboratories:
a. The number of SAT tests carried out? How many were positive?
b. The number of iELISA tests carried out? How many were positive?
c. The number of cultures that were undertaken? How many were positive?
d. The number of RSA tests that were carried out? How many were positive?

2. The number of tests carried out at a veterinary practice (beside tests) and reported to yourself as a positive result?

3. The number of tests carried out at an external lab (not your own APHA laboratories) and reported to yourself as a positive result?

4. The date that the RSA test was discontinued by yourselves.

The above relates to tests carried out on dogs only.

Many thanks for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Louise Buckley

Dear Animal and Plant Health Agency,

I would be grateful if you could respond with the requested information as, the authority should normally have responded promptly and by 8 January 2024.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Buckley

SM-APHA-Enquiries APHA, Animal and Plant Health Agency

Dear Dr Buckley

APHA advised you on 22 September 2023 that in accordance with section 17(6) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we will no longer respond to any further requests from you relating to Brucella canis. You were advised that section 17(6) of the FOIA does not require APHA, or any other Executive Agency of Defra to respond to any further requests on this topic. To confirm, you will not receive any communication under the FOIA on requests regarding Brucella canis.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION (ATI) TEAM
[Animal and Plant Health Agency request email]

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Dear Animal and Plant Health Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Animal and Plant Health Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Number of Brucella canis tests during the 3rd quarter of 2023'.

While my request is one of several, I would like to challenge the assessment that my activity is vexatious.
This information, along with my other requests, is important to improving transparency around diagnostic testing and the APHA's handling of Brucella canis within the UK. As such, it is important to both veterinary professionals, rescue organisations, dog owners, along with many other healthcare professionals.

I will be continuing to make such requests in the spirit of evidence-based practice a, confident that the information I request, far from being 'vexatious' (other than in the trivial sense in which you do not wish to answer the questions so feel it is annoying) is important to further understanding this situation and updating of knowledge. It is my understanding that you should be responding blind to the person requesting, and focus on the matter in hand.

As such I will continue to make appropriate Freedom of Information questions, and will expect these to be addressed, in this interests of transparency around the handling of Brucella canis by the APHA.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Buckley

SM-APHA-Enquiries APHA, Animal and Plant Health Agency

Our Ref: FOI2023/24313

Good afternoon Dr Buckley

The Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA) letter to you of 22 September 2023 regarding Section14(1) - Vexatious (Brucella canis requests) advised that complaints or appeals are to be made within 40 working days of the date of the letter.

As this time has now passed, under section 50 of the FOIA you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision on the application of Section14(1) - Vexatious. Full details will be on each of APHA's responses to you. The ICO can be contacted here https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

Many thanks

ACCESS TO INFORMATION (ATI) TEAM
[Animal and Plant Health Agency request email]

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