Customs

New Animal Health Regulation and Composite Rules from 21st April 2021

April 21, 2021
Fruit
James Herbert
4 Minutes

New Animal Health Regulation and Composite Rules from 21st April 2021.

From 21st April, 2021, new EU Animal Health Regulation (AHR) and composite rules will apply.

Five new Export Health Certificates (EHCs) and one private attestation can be used for exports of specific products of animal origin to the EU. This includes two new composite product EHCs and the private attestation document for products exempt from certification. The EHCs are on EHC online and the private attestation on form finder.

The remaining new EHCs for live animals, germinal products and products of animal origin will be phased in over the coming months.  

If your composite product already requires an EHC, you will be able to carry on using the current EHC until August or choose to use the new documentation.  

If your product does not currently require an EHC, you must follow the new rules from 21st April 2021.

For live animals, germinal products and other products of animal origin you will be able to continue using existing EHCs until August 2021.  

Heat treatment

The European Commission has confirmed that it will be amending the AHR to allow businesses to use a private attestation to export shelf-stable composite products containing dairy (but no meat) that has not undergone UHT or sterilisation, so long as the dairy product originates and is processed in a third country listed for the export of dairy to the EU, such as GB.  As the legislative amendments will not be in place by 21 April 2021 when the new Regulation applies the Commission has agreed an interim arrangement.  

Further information

There is further information on AHR and the new composite rules in this document. The AHR will apply in Northern Ireland.

The composite document will help you decide if your product is a composite and what documentation you need to use.

Get in touch with our advisors should you have any questions.

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