by BFFF
Apr 28th, 2021
4 mins
BFFF

We would like to remind members that new EU Animal Health Regulation (AHR) and composite rules now apply (from 21st April 2021). Note: The AHR will also apply in Northern Ireland.

Five new Export Health Certificates (EHCs) and one private attestation can now 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 ECHs 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 2021 or choose to use the new documentation. 

If your product does not currently require an EHC, you must follow the new rules which came into force on 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 it is 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 were not in place by 21st April 2021 the Commission has agreed an interim arrangement.  There is further information in the guidance.

Further information

There is further information on the AHR and the new composite rules in the guidance.

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

Defra has also provided a link to the presentation from a webinar and the narrative, along with frequently asked questions and answers

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