Having accurate information about animal movements in the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system is critical to being able to respond to a disease outbreak quickly and successfully. 

In September 2021 we invited feedback on the proposed new NAIT Accreditation of Third Party Software Standard, which aims to ensure that information going into NAIT through third party software is accurate and protects the privacy of farmers.

About the standard 

Under the proposed standard, software that interacts with NAIT needs to meet specific criteria to become accredited. The criteria identify:

  • how external software connects to the NAIT system — for example, scanner apps
  • what information we need to be given about the software and the people that run it, and
  • the requirements the software needs to meet. 

Software providers would need to demonstrate that they:

  • use good software development practices
  • are adequately resourced
  • have good corporate software development policies and procedures in place, and software providers must also disclose any significant issues or concerns about the software. 

Download the proposed standard and summary to find out more.

How this fits in with other NAIT standards

The proposed standard aligns with the existing Accreditation of Information Providers Standard and the Accreditation of Entities dealing with NAIT Animals Standard. These standards govern the entities themselves and the processes they use. This new proposed standard focuses on the integrity of the data in NAIT by assessing the software that interacts with it.

The consultation period closed on 17 September 2021.