GOV.UK transition tells you what changes have been made now we have left the EU.
One important change is when you are trading with other EU/EEA countries. Previously, exports to the EU/EEA did not usually require any form of health certification as these were determined to be free trade. However since the transition period, this has changed.
Non-APHA export health certificates
We can now issue two types of certificate. These are only for products and countries not on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) list. For information on health certificates we can issue after 1st January 2021 go to:
APHA export health certificates
Some countries have specific health certificates that must be issued and others do not. These forms are sometimes called “APHA Health Certificates”. APHA means the Animal and Plant Health Agency – it is part of the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
We can also sign some of these APHA health certificates but you must apply for them through the EHC Online system .
- It is your responsibility to check if there is a relevant APHA form on Gov.uk. If there is, then you must apply online.
- Before you start you will need a Government Gateway account and a Defra account. If you do not have them, you’ll be guided to set them up when you use the EHC Online service for the first time.
- Read the notes on the application form.
- If your certificate can be signed by the local authority; we are pleased to be able to offer that service. Details can be found Applying for an APHA Export Health Certificate to be signed by the local authority.
If your certificate (or pre-application) needs to be completed by a vet/Official Veterinarian (OV) then you must find a suitably qualified vet or OV to sign your export health certificate.