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How to apply for a health certificate to export SPS goods

November 23, 2021
Sasha Khan
Digital Marketing Coordinator
8 Minutes

What are SPS goods?

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures refer to the EU controls to protect animal, plant or public health. There are three checks in the SPS approval journey when moving SPS-related goods into NI from GB

What is a health certificate?

A health certificate is an official document that confirms your export meets the health requirements of the destination country. You will be required to apply for an health certificate if you’re exporting or moving live animals or animal products from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to (or transiting through) countries in the European Union/European Economic Area. Your health certificate will need to be completed and signed by an OV (Official Veterinarian) or Food Competent Certifying Officer (FCCO), recognised by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as having the correct qualifications to certify the product in question.

You’ll need a health certificate for each:
• Type of animal or animal product you’re exporting from GB
• Product type - if you’re exporting a consignment which includes a mix of product


This guidance may not apply to you if you are:
• Moving goods from Northern Ireland - Check the inspection process on the DAERA website.
• Exporting composite products - Composite food products are for human consumption only

What information is needed?

Below is an example of the information required for an ECH Online application:

Type of good | Check the sub category of the EHC you've selected

Unique Reference | Create a unique reference number

Destination & PoE | Confirm the destination and point of entry EU location (if relevant)

Certifier | Choose a certifier from a drop down menu who will inspect the goods.

Information for APHA | Include certifying region, exporter details, product origin, export date

Description of goods | Include information about what you're importing such as number, gross and net weight, Commodity Code

Consigner & exporter details | Name, full address, contact details

Consignee & Importer details |Name, full address, contact details

Place of destination | Full address of the goods import destination

Port of entry or BCP details |BCP location which consignment must be inspected at, usually the same place as the first port of entry into the EU

Transport | Details Include information such as flight number or ship name, shipment container number or haulier

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