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Last modified: December 12, 2017

Useful Links on Certification in the EU

The European Commission’s Directorate-General Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) has comprehensive information on certification and import conditions as well as on related Border Inspection issues.

Veterinary Border Control: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/bips/index_en.htm 

Guidelines and Reports on border control: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/bips/guidelines_en.htm

FAQs that reflect a wide range of import questions that have been raised with Border Inspection Posts: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/bips/faq/index_en.htm

General guidance on EU import and transit rules for live animals and animal products from third countries


TRACES: Trans-European network for veterinary health which notifies, certifies and monitors imports, exports and trade in animals and animal products:


RASFF:  The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) provides food and feed control authorities with an effective tool to exchange information about measures taken responding to serious risks detected in relation to food or feed.


EUROPHYT brings together the words ‘European’ and ‘Phytosanitary’ and describes a notification and rapid alert system dealing with Interceptions for plant health reasons