An EHC may have to be sourced from the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA), Eastbourne Borough Council or Lewes District Council (dependent on the location of your food business) what is being exported and to where. To determine this, please contact APHA – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01228 403600 Option 2, 4.
If a certificate is being issued from the APHA this is likely to be signed a vet (commonly for meat and dairy products).
The APHA may also inform you that there is a EHC template in place. Depending on where the food is being exported to this may require you to complete and submit an application form to the APHA or to contact Eastbourne or Lewes Council who can source and issues this. When submitting an application form to the APHA, Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council should also be contacted to inform them of the planned export. Please email Environmental Health at ehealth.ldc.@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk
In some cases there will not be an EHC template,where this occurs the council can assist with the production of this.
In all cases the council advises the relevant countries embassy or consulate, the food authority as well as liaise with the importer /food manufacturers and exporters to find out about any import conditions and if the certificate meets the stipulated requirements.
The typical information required for the application, which will be displayed on the certificate, is as follows:
- Minimum durability
- Storage conditions
- Approval number
- Country of origin
- Date of production
- Batch number
Once the applicable certificate has been arranged Eastbourne or Lewes Council will then contact the business to arrange a suitable time and date to view the consignment in order to undertake relevant checks and view any associated documents such as, HACCP monitoring records and laboratory test reports and so on. Once this has been completed the certificate will be issued.