There’s a lot going on in the world of Pet microchip databases in the UK. I write occasionally about the issues we face in our blog HERE. To name a few:
- Fraudulent microchip databases like Petchip.info and Pet chip registry.
- Cat microchipping legislation being introduced.
- A consultation into how microchip databases operate as well as impending new legislation governing microchip databases.
- A large number of new databases holding themselves out to be government compliant. The full list can be seen HERE.
- Some databases not complying with current legislation which brings the industry into disrepute and brings massive risk to the welfare of our pets.
Last year we started a microchip database working group, we invited every microchip database listed as Defra compliant at the time.
Over the next few months, a core working group of databases formed that were keen to improve the microchipping database industry for the better. As a working group, we met once or twice a month to discuss processes between databases, new legislation etc. A few examples of the topics are:
- Duplicate registrations – A microchip being registered on 2 databases at once
- Change of database processes – The process for a pet owner moving a microchip from one database to another
- Cat microchipping legislation
As these working groups evolved we agreed a more formal approach would be more appropriate which led to the AMDO (Association of microchip database operators) being formed.
We are excited to be a founder member of the AMDO and we’re excited about the progress we can make in improving the microchip database industry and ultimately improving the protection we give to pets stored on our platform. We know the faith every pet owner puts in us is a massive responsibility, one which we take very seriously.
You can read the full press release on the AMDO website HERE.