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New model EHCs came into force on 21/04/21.

So what does that mean?

The latest news and updates will appear here. Last updated 17/01/22.


All change! EU regulation 2016/429 is a large and complex piece of legislation, intending to consolidate and update a number of other regulations. The main imminent change is that as of 21/04/21, there are a series of new model export health certificates in use.

Some key points are:-


  • Layout is more standardised in part I
  • Transition period lasted until 15/01/22 where either old or new EHC can be used
  • EU commission have written to BCPs asking for flexibility in accepting certain ‘old’ EHCs until 30/4/22 (dairy, meat products, meat preparations and fresh poultry (while negotiations about the wording are ongoing), however the new EHCs should be used where possible
  • Model EHCs can be found using this link  in reg 2020/2235 (implementing 2016/429 and 2017/625)
  • The application and certification process will remain unchanged
  • Only one country of origin can be specified on one EHC
  • Meat products – there are now 2 EHCs – one for goods requiring a non-specific treatment, and one for those requiring a specific treatment
  • Trusted traders moving goods from GB to NI can use current STAMNI declarations still
  • A further piece of legislation EU reg 2022/36 has been published on 13/01/22, detailing yet further changes to certain EHCs eg honey, composite, meat products. These have not yet been published by DEFRA and we understand there will be a further transition until 15/06/22.


NB we have been made aware of Spain introducing some additional requirements – despite the whole purpose of the single market being uniformity. Please see this form.


***UPDATE – EU commission have announced deadline extension – certain “old” EHCs can be signed up until 30/4/22, at discretion of BCP ***

Main changes for PX exports are

8371 replaces 8296 for fresh poultry

8369 replaces 8272 for fresh lamb

8368 replaces 8261 for fresh beef

8370 replaces 8260 for fresh pork

8350 replaces 8281 for composite

8366 is the new farmed game – bovine/camelid/cervine

8367 is the new wild game – bovine/camelid/cervine

8382 is the new porcine mechanically separated meat

8359 replaces 8293 for eggs

8369 replaces 8292 for egg products

8354 replaces 8285 AND 8284 for dairy from category B and C countries

8353 replaces 8287 raw dairy

8383 replaces 8257 for meat preparations (must still be frozen)

8384 replaces 8254 for meat products AND 8345 for rendered fat/greaves

8385 new EHC for meat products requiring specific heat treatment

8364 replaces 8270 for fish/fishery products – bivalve molluscs

8361 replaces 8270 for fish/fishery products – other

8390 replaces 8277 for gelatin

8396 replaces 8276 for collagen

8391 replaces 8272 for honey

8399 replaces 8273 for highly refined products

There is also a new ‘simple’ transit EHC 8461, that permits the reexport from GB of EU produced goods that have only been stored in GB and not been further processed in GB eg Greek feta, Italian parma ham, French brie, EU fresh meat etc.


Composite products – these are covered in much more detail on this link.

They are defined as “a foodstuff intended for human consumption that contains both PROCESSED products of animal origin and products of plant origin and includes those where the processing of primary product is an integral part of the production of the final product”.



Remember, both GB OVs and the OVs at the BCPs will be dealing with new and unfamiliar EHCs and regulations, which has the potential to lead to queries and delays. There is also the potential for a wide range of products that are currently exempt, to need a veterinary signed EHC. We are in regular contact with DEFRA regarding this matter and will update exporters as soon as we know any more.

Remember that we CANNOT sign an EHC once goods have left the UK.

Why should I chose Amivet as my official vet?

There are relatively few vets who specialise in the export certification field and it is important to choose someone who has experience. At Amivet Exports we are more than happy to work with clients to offer a ‘tailor made’ service.

We have a large team of official vets and certification support officers throughout the UK and we aim to be as flexible as possible. You will also get a named contact, so you will get a familiar contact that can get to know and understand your business. For further information and a free, informal discussion about your export requirements, including what products you may need an EHC for, please contact us.

Work with us – we will try our very best to come up with a unique solution for every client that works for both parties.

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