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Export Health Certificates/Food Certificates

An Export Health Certificate (EHC) is an official UK Government document, issued by APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency), signed by an official veterinarian (OV), that confirms that certain food or animal products meet the import requirements of another country”

If you are looking to export food or other products of animal origin from the UK, then you may well need an EHC. As experienced OVs, we can guide you through the process and sign and stamp the EHC for you. The EHCs are issued by the Centre for International Trade in Carlisle – a division of APHA, which itself, is an executive agency of DEFRA.

There are over 1,500 different EHCs available, covering over 130 individual countries. All are unique, specific to a certain country and product. They certify matters such as species and country of origin, disease free status, safe for consumption, processing information and freedom from contamination. Some products may require more than one certificate if they include several ingredients.

The certificates available are broadly split into a number of categories:-

In addition to animal product (requiring the PX qualification), some of our OVs can also certify:

AX – live poultry, captive birds and hatching eggs

SX – zoo/laboratory/commercial animals including birds, reptiles, invertebrates

UX – ungulates (wild and domestic)


We have now left the European Union. There have been significant changes to EHC requirements.

We have summarised the latest known information here. 

Where do I start?

Whether you are a new or an experienced exporter, we are here for you. We offer a tailor made approach, so if you need guiding through the whole process from start to finish, or just need an OV to turn up at your site to check and sign the EHC, or anything in between, we will do our best to help.

For further information about all aspects of EHCs and export, please click the button below.

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Can you explain more?

We also have a short video that explains the export process step by step. Click the image below to watch this now.


Coronavirus/COVID-19 policy

As with most businesses, we are closely following Government and Public Health advice regarding coronavirus and acting on the latest information. In practical terms, we take following steps:-

  • Any of our staff showing signs should avoid site visits and self isolate pending PCR test
  • Regular lateral flow tests
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitiser) before and after every visit and use PPE eg masks, gloves
  • Minimise contact with people on site and keep socially distanced eg avoid handshakes and sitting close to people in crowded offices 
  • Following any local site rules

What next?

Whatever you want to send, wherever you want to send it – if it can be done, then we will help you to get it there.

For further advice – get in touch with our friendly team by clicking on the button below.

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