Export Health Certification

In the dynamic landscape of international trade, ensuring the safety and quality of exported goods is essential.

An Export Health Certification (EHC) provides assurance that animal products comply with the health standards required for trade. Our export official veterinarians are here to help your business export goods out of the UK.

What are Export Health Certificates?

Export Health Certificates are official documents issued by authorised veterinarians or local authorities to verify the health and safety of animal products intended for export.

The certificates serve as a guarantee that the exported goods meet the health standards set by the destination. Essentially, it’s like a passport for your products, ensuring they are fit for consumption and free from disease or contaminants.

Aldgate Veterinary Practice supports liaison with Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to help you meet requirements to export.

Which types of products require an EHC?

There’s a broad range of products that require Export Health Certificates, including meat, poultry, dairy, seafood, and other animal-derived products.

The certificates are not limited by food items, they also include live animals, embryos, and animal by-products. Requirements will vary depending on the destination you’re exporting to.

How much does an EHC it cost?

The cost for obtaining an Export Health Certificate varies depending on the type, complexity and the authority issuing the document. Fees may cover time, tests, and administrative expenses.

We recommend exporters enquire about the fees associated with obtaining health certificates.

How long does it take to obtain an EHC?

The time it takes to obtain an Export Health Certificate can vary based on the type of product, import regulations at the destination and the efficiency of the certification process.

Some certificates can be processed quickly, others may take more time if there’s extensive testing needed.

What’s involved in the certification process?

The certification process typically involves these steps:

  1. Identify the requirements of the destination country
  2. Engage an official export veterinarian or relevant authorities to conduct the inspection
  3. Secure certification

Preparing to export

To prepare for export you should gather all information about your products, production processes any other relevant documents.

Checking import conditions

To ensure a successful trade, its crucial to understand and adhere to the import conditions of the destination country. Import conditions outline the specific requirements that must be met for entry. They can include safety standards, documentation requirements, and any specific testing or treatment protocols.

How we can help

Our veterinary practice can provide experience, support, and flexibility for your attestation needs. A few of our vets have further qualifications in animal and animal product certification. These vets can certify that the animals/animal products are suitable for export from the UK to a foreign country.

For more information, call our practice and we can discuss your export needs.

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