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Information about the Scudamore Review 2007
from Anne Lambourn and most gratefully received

FMD Review (Scotland) 2007

Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, has commissioned Professor Jim Scudamore to lead the review into the Scottish handling of the 2007 Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak, the lessons to be learned and the steps that we can take to minimise the risk and impact of such events happening in the future. A terms of reference for the review have been drafted and agreed in consultation with FMD stakeholders. Similar work has been undertaken in England and Wales and coordinated with the Scottish review. At UK Government level, the Anderson Report, commissioned by the Prime Minister to consider the government's response to the outbreak, published in March and can be viewed on the Cabinet Office website (

The formal review process is well underway in Scotland. As a first stage Professor Scudamore met officials in a number of government departments to discuss the various issues which have arisen as a result of the FMD outbreak. A number of pieces of work were also commissioned to inform the outcome of the review, including work on the economic impact of the outbreak. The next stage was the interview process which involved meeting with FMD stakeholders to conduct in-depth interviews based on the terms of reference. John Ross, chairman of the Moredun Foundation joined professor Scudamore at these interviews in order to bring a balance of agricultural experience to the review team. Jim Scudamore is now compiling the findings and aims to conclude the report later this Spring.

Contact for the FMD Review (Scotland) 2007:

Brian Logan
The Scottish Government
Edinburgh EH14 1TY
47 Robb's Loan
Pentland House
Rm. 358
Review Scotland 2007 FMD

or by e-mail:


To review the Scottish response to the recent foot and mouth disease outbreak and to identify lessons for the future, particularly in terms of reducing the risk to Scotland and the associated economic disruption.

In particular the review should consider:-

  • Current contingency planning arrangements where they are appropriate and relevant. It should consider the international, national, local and industry perspectives.
  • The development of the disease handling strategy and lessons to be learned from the implementation and relaxation of the movement ban.
  • Co-ordination of implementation action within delivery partners such as the Animal Health Agency, Meat Hygiene Service and the local authorities.
  • Liaison and communications with other UK Governments, including the development of appropriate GB/UK policy and international negotiation positions.
  • Communication with stakeholders.
  • Use of scientific and veterinary expertise.
  • How to minimise the disruption to Scotland of a remote disease outbreak within GB and whether regionalisation is a viable option.