Recent Export Instructions Updates

Subject: Information for Official Veterinarians Certifying Export Health Certificates and/or Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates (ET187)
Date: 18 November 2019
Summary of Update: Certification Procedures instructions have been updated to include the Information for Official Veterinarians Certifying Export Health Certificates and/or Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates (ET187).
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Subject: Removal of the OV Miscellaneous Tasks Form (AH49)
Date: 4 November 2019
Summary of Update: Instructions have been updated to include the correct guidance for Official Veterinarian (OV) claims and payments and to remove the OV Miscellaneous Tasks Form (AH49) which should no longer be used.
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Subject: Removal of Animal Health Certificates Instructions and Documents
Date: 4 November 2019
Summary of Update: Instructions and documents relating to Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) for pet dogs, cats and ferrets exported to the EU after the UK leaves the EU have been removed due to the Brexit extension.
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  • Exports Instructions > Certification Procedures > Small Animal Exports > Animal Health Certificates
Subject: Brexit Pet Travel Poster - Pet Owners - Welsh Language (ET184(Welsh))
Date: 23 October 2019
Summary of Update: The Brexit Pet Travel Poster - Pet Owners - Welsh Language (ET184(Welsh)) has been added.
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Subject: Animal Health Certificates
Date: 14 October 2019
Summary of Update: Instructions and documents for Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) have been added for pet dogs, cats and ferrets exported to the EU after the UK leaves the EU. Instructions for Small Animal Exports have been updated to reflect this. The AHC for the Non-commercial Movement into a Member State from a Territory or Third Country of Dogs, Cats or Ferrets - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG) and Pet Travel - Animal Health Certificate Order Form (PETS10) have also been updated.
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Subject: Brexit Pet Travel
Date: 1 October 2019
Summary of Update: The instructions for Small Animal Exports - Further PETS Guidance have been updated to include Brexit Pet Travel Posters (ET184/ET185) and the Brexit Pet Owner Letter Template (ET186) for Official Veterinarians to display and distribute.
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Subject: EU Pet Travel Scheme - How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159)
Date: 28 August 2019
Summary of Update: The EU Pet Travel Scheme - How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159) has been updated to indicate that Official Veterinarians (OVs) can complete a passport in any colour ink and to clarify the process when a second passport is issued.
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Subject: Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates and Bi-Lingual Certification
Date: 16 August 2019
Summary of Update: The instructions for Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates and Bi-Lingual Certification have been updated to clarify when an Official Veterinarian (OV) is able to sign a translation.
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Subject: Animal Health Certificate - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG)
Date: 31 July 2019
Summary of Update: The Animal Health Certificate - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG) has been updated.
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Subject: Publication of a Revised Version of the Policy for Authorisation of Official Veterinarians (OVs) in Great Britain (OV13)
Date: 20 June 2019
Summary of Update: The Policy for Authorisation of Official Veterinarians (OVs) in Great Britain (OV13) has been extensively revised.
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Subject: Notifiable Disease Occurrence List (ET171)
Date: 30 May 2019
Summary of Update: The Notifiable Disease Occurrence List (ET171) has been updated.
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Subject: EU Pet Travel Scheme - How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159)
Date: 23 May 2019
Summary of Update: The EU Pet Travel Scheme - How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159) has been updated to include the requirements for the blood test to be taken 30 days after the most recent vaccination and to ensure that the microchip date does not postdate any compulsory vaccination or treatment.
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Subject: Notifiable Disease Occurrence List (ET171)
Date: 14 May 2019
Summary of Update: The Notifiable Disease Occurrence List (ET171) has been updated.
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Subject: Notifiable Disease Occurrence List (ET171)
Date: 10 April 2019
Summary of Update: Notifiable Disease Occurrence List (ET171) has been updated.
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Subject: Animal Health Certificate - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG)
Date: 8 April 2019
Summary of Update: The Animal Health Certificate - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG) has been updated.
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Subject: EU Exit - Export Documents
Date: 21 March 2019
Summary of Update: The Animal Health Certificate - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG) and the Pet Travel - Animal Health Certificate Order Form (PETS10) have been updated.
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Subject: EU Exit - Small Animal Exports
Date: 13 March 2019
Summary of Update: The instructions for Small Animal Exports have been updated to include information about issuing Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) if the UK becomes an unlisted or Part II listed country after it leaves the EU. The Animal Health Certificate - Notes for Guidance (8233NFG) and the Pet Travel - Animal Health Certificate Order Form (PETS10) have been added.
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Subject: Updated Export Instructions
Date: 11 March 2019
Summary of Update: The Official Veterinarian Export instructions have been updated to confirm procedures and update references. The Notifiable Disease Occurrence List for Great Britain (ET171) and the Pre-certification Requirements Process Map (ET170) have been added.
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Subject: Rabies Serology Test for Pet Travel Schemes - Frequently Asked Questions (ET178)
Date: 12 February 2019
Summary of Update: The Rabies Serology Test for Pet Travel Schemes - Frequently Asked Questions (ET178) has been added.
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Subject: Updated Guidance regarding Utilisation of Certification Support Officers
Date: 10 January 2019
Summary of Update: Clarification has been provided on when Certification Support Officers (CSOs) may be utilised and Official Veterinarians (OVs) are required to use professional judgement and knowledge to establish when CSOs can assist. The List of Export Health Certificates where Certification Support Officers may be Utilised (ET176) has been removed.
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Subject: Certification Support Officer Role for Animal Product Export Permissible Certificates
Date: 17 December 2018
Summary of Update: APHA have introduced Certification Support Officers (CSOs) for non-veterinarians to provide ‘Product’ authorised Official Veterinarians (OVs) with support when collecting evidence for export certification. CSOs can only be utilised by OVs for certificates listed in the APHA list and will need to obtain the required training certificate from Improve International before they will be authorised to act in an official capacity. Instructions have also been updated to reflect that certification must be carried out by an OV with appropriate authorisation.
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Subject: Export Health Certificate Form Finder
Date: 13 December 2018
Summary of Update: Instructions have been updated with details of the Export Health Certificate Form Finder which is now available on GOV.UK.
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Subject: EU Pet Travel Scheme: How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159)
Date: 15 October 2018
Summary of Update: The EU Pet Travel Scheme: How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159) has been updated to provide guidance in Section I regarding the authorised person and clarification for the valid until date for rabies vaccination in section V.
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Subject: Pet Travel Scheme Frequently Asked Questions (ET140)
Date: 28 August 2018
Summary of Update: The Pet Travel Scheme Frequently Asked Questions document (ET140) has been updated.
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Subject: Updated Documents for New GDPR Requirements
Date: 25 May 2018
Summary of Update: Relevant documents have been updated with a new Data Protection statement to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations.
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Subject: EU Pet Travel Scheme: How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159)
Date: 24 May 2018
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The EU Pet Travel Scheme: How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159) have been updated.

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Subject: Small Animal Exports - Completing Pet Passports
Date: 11 April 2018
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Instructions for Ordering Supplies of Pet Passports have been updated. The EU Pet Travel Scheme: How to Complete Pet Passports (ET159) has been created. EU Pet Passport Guidance Notes for Completion of Old Model Passports Issued before 29 December 2014 (ET138), EU Pet Passport Guidance Notes for Completion of New Model Passports Issued after 28 December 2014 (ET139) and The EU Pet Travel Scheme: The New Pet Passport (ET141) have been removed.

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Subject: Policy for Authorisation of Official Veterinarians in GB 
Date: 12 October 2017
Summary of Update: The Policy for Authorisation of Official Veterinarians in GB has been published on the Vet Gateway.
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Subject: Small Animal and Ungulate Animal Welfare
Date: 28 June 2017
Summary of Update:

Instructions for the welfare of small animals and ungulates during export have been updated.

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Subject: Export Health Certificate Countersignature Procedures Update
Date: 05 April 2017
Summary of Update:

Instructions for Export Health Certificates have been updated to clarify the process for APHA veterinary staff countersigning export health certificates.

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Subject: Export Health Certificate Countersignature Procedures Update
Date: 17 February 2017
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Amendments have been made to the administrative procedures for arranging Export Health Certificate countersignatures. Request for APHA Veterinarian Countersignature of an Export Health Certificate (ET145) has been created.

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Subject: Updated Instructions for Meat Export Official Veterinarians Fees
Date: 07 February 2017
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Instructions on Official Veterinarians (OVs) Fees for supervising meat premises and exports to the USA have been updated to include references to submit claim forms to the Finance and Business Support Team.

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Subject: General Authorisation for Official Veterinarians to Undertake Compulsory Pre and Post-movement Bovine Tuberculosis Testing
Date: 03 February 2017
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General Authorisation for Official Veterinarians to Undertake Compulsory Pre and Post-movement Bovine Tuberculosis Testing

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Subject: Official Veterinarian Instructions Online Tutorial Update
Date: 20 October 2016
Summary of Update: The Official Veterinarian (OV) Instructions Online Tutorial has been updated.
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Subject: Official Veterinarian Panels Reference Update
Date: 21 December 2016
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References to Official Veterinarian (OV) panels have been updated to Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) (OCQ(V)).

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Subject: Official Veterinarian Instructions Online Tutorial Update
Date: 20 October 2016
Summary of Update: The Official Veterinarian (OV) Instructions Online Tutorial has been updated.
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Subject: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Principles of Certification Updated
Date: 20 October 2016
Summary of Update: Amendments have been made to the Imports and Exports work areas to reflect the recent changes to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Principles of Certification.
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Subject: Amendment to Guidance on Laboratory Testing
Date: 4 May 2016
Summary of Update: Amendments have been made to the guidance on sending laboratory tests to an approved laboratory as specified in export health certification Notes for Guidance. A minor amendment has also been made to the Small Animals content to provide clarification on Official Control Qualification (Veterinarian) entitlements and contact details for the Centre for international Trade - Carlisle.
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Subject: Amendment to Certified Copy Returns Procedure for Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates
Date: 23 March 2016
Summary of Update: An amendment has been made to the Certified Copy of Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates (ITAHCs) returns procedure to request copies from Official Veterinarians (OVs) by email where possible.
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Subject: Update to GB Journey Log (WIT07/WIT07(Welsh))
Date: 15 March 2016
Summary of Update: The GB Journey Log (WIT07/WIT07(Welsh)) has been updated.
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Subject: Addition of Official Veterinarian Guidance for Waivers, Derogations and Import Permits
Date: 03 March 2016
Summary of Update: Official Veterinarian (OV) Guidance for Waivers, Derogations and Import Permits has been added.
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Subject: Update to GB Journey Log (WIT07(Welsh))
Date: 09 February 2016
Summary of Update: The GB Journey Log (WIT07(Welsh)) has been updated.
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Subject: Improvements to Official Veterinarian Instructions Format
Date: 26 January 2016
Summary of Update: Improvements have been made to the format of the Official Veterinarian (OV) instructions to include the provision of a print button on each instruction page, a statement confirming that the instructions are correct as of the current date and time and the addition of a Documents page, listing documents by instructional area.
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Subject: Update to GB Journey Log (WIT07)
Date: 07 January 2016
Summary of Update: The GB Journey Log (WIT07) has been updated.
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Subject: Update to Pet Travel Scheme Frequently Asked Questions
Date: 27 May 2015
Summary of Update: The Pet Travel Scheme Frequently Asked Questions document (ET140) has been updated.
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Subject: Update to EU Pet Passport Guidance Notes for Completion (ET139)
Date: 26 November 2015
Summary of Update: The EU Pet Passport Guidance Notes for Completion (ET139) has been updated.
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Subject: Update to Pet Travel Scheme Frequently Asked Questions
Date: 27 May 2015
Summary of Update: The Pet Travel Scheme Frequently Asked Questions document (ET140) has been updated.
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Subject: Export Procedures Restructured
Date: 08 May 2015
Summary of Update: The Export procedures have been restructured in line with new commodity areas for small animal, ungulate, avian, germplasm and product exports.
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Subject: Amended Hyperlink to the Trade Control and Expert System Support Documents
Date: 21 April 2015
Summary of Update: The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) support documents have moved from the archived Defra website pages to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Vet Gateway. The hyperlinks to the support documents have been updated.
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Subject: Update to Horse Welfare Export Document
Date: 17 March 2015
Summary of Update: The Export Declaration for Equidae of 147 Centimetres (14.2 hands) Height or Less (EXH07) has been updated to change the references from horses and ponies to equidae.
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Subject: EU Member States under Harmonised Trade Rules
Date: 06 February 2015
Summary of Update: Croatia has been added to the list of EU Member States.
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Subject: Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) Guidance Added
Date: 27 January 2015
Summary of Update: Guidance added for Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) OCQ (V) requirements.
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Subject: Update to the Pet Travel Scheme Instructions
Date: 24 November 14
Summary of Update: The Pet Travel Scheme instructions have been updated and includes new guidance issued by Defra for the New Pet Passport
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Subject: Update to the Pet Travel Scheme Instructions
Date: 19 November 14
Summary of Update: The Pet Travel Scheme instructions have been updated and include Guidance documents and Frequently Asked Questions
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Subject: Update to the Tripartite Agreement and Horse and Pony Export Welfare Licences
Date: 28 May 14
Summary of Update: The Tripartite Agreement has been updated and the procedures for issuing Export Welfare Licences for horses and ponies have been updated.
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Subject: Removal of TB Veterinary Inspector Powers from Official Veterinarians
Date: 04 April 14
Summary of Update: From 06 April 2014 Official Veterinarians will no longer have Veterinary Inspector Powers. Amendments have been made to reflect this change.
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Subject: Update to Certification Procedures
Date: 03 October 2013
Summary of Update: Minor amendments have been made to the Certification Procedures section on dealing with errors, deletions and corrections in export certificate.
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Subject: Update to Certification Procedures
Date: 09 August 2013
Summary of Update: Minor amendments have been made to the Certification Procedures section. The Official Veterinarian (OV) Completion of the Export Health Certificate (EHC) instructions has been moved from the EHCs page to the section overview. Paragraph 5 has been added to the Countersignature of Certificates by Veterinary Officers (VOs) instructions on the EHCs page.
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Subject: Update to TRACES Confirmation Document (ET54)
Date: 24 June 2013
Summary of Update: Minor amendments have been made to the TRACES Confirmation Document (ET54) to clarify the reasons for rejecting animal(s) from an export consignment. The same content clarity has been made to the TRACES Confirmation Document instructions.
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Subject: Amendments to Supervised Loadings Procedures for Livestock Consignments Travelling on the mvJoline
Date: 14 January 2013
Summary of Update: Amendments have been made to the procedures for livestock consignments travelling on the mvJoline. Carlisle SSC will issue a TRACES Confirmation Document (ET54) for the Official Veterinarian to certify the identification of any animals rejected as not fit to travel as part of the export consignment. This document must be checked by AHVLA staff carrying out the supervised loadings.
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Subject: Changes to TB Active Surveillance Instructions for England from 1 January 2013
Date: 19 December 2012
Summary of Update: Instructions have been updated in preparation for TB policy changes to cattle movement controls and surveillance being implemented in England on 1 January 2013.
Updated Pages: Testing and Restrictions > Bovine TB Guidance

Subject: Link updated to the TRACES support documents
Date: 22 October 2012
Summary of Update: The link has been updated for the TRACES support documents on the Bluetongue export guidance.
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  • Bluetongue Guidance

  • Subject: Amendment to Certification Procedures
    Date: 11 October 2012
    Summary of Update Amendments have been made to the Certification Procedures content to include guidance on timing of signature and date of signature of export certificates, and replacement certificates. Further minor amendments have also been made throughout Certification Procedures section.
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    Subject: Release of Export Instructions for Official Veterinarians
    Date: 31 July 2012
    Summary of Update: Following a review of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency instructions for Exports, updated instructions for Official Veterinarians are now available.
    Updated Pages: All