The objective of our veterinary border controls is to ensure that the live animals and products of animal origin entering England are safe and meeting the specific import conditions laid down in the European Union legislation.
To ensure that consignments of live animals or products of animal origin can only enter England if it has satisfactorily undergone the specific checks to verify that they meet the import conditions laid down in EU legislation.
In accordance with EU rules all consignments of imported animals and animal products from outside the EU have a documentary check on the veterinary certification, and an identity check, to match the animals/goods to the certification. A percentage of animal products are also subject to physical checks which may involve checks on temperature, physical condition of consignments or analysis for contaminants. All consignments of live animals are physically checked.
Most live animals moving from one member state to another need to be covered by an intra-European Union trade health certificate
These rules are laid down in:
(a) Council Directive 89/662/EEC concerning veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market
(b) Council Directive 90/425/EEC concerning veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra-Community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market
(c) Council Directive 91/496/EEC laying down the principles governing the organization of veterinary checks on animals entering the Community from third countries and
(d) Council Directive 97/78/EC laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries
In England these provisions are implemented in the The Trade in Animals and Related Products Regulations 2011 SI 1197.
We are undertaking a review of the Regulations and would welcome your thoughts on?
The extent the Regulations achieve the objective,
Whether those objectives remain appropriate.
Could the objectives be achieved by less regulation.
What happens next?
This discussion will close on 20 November 2015. We will consider all comments raised and take them forward into the formal review of the Regulations.