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EU veterinary certification requirements for poultry and poultry products from non-EU countries, territories or zones

EU veterinary certification requirements for poultry and poultry products from non-EU countries, territories or zones

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) 798/2008 – List of non-EU countries, territories or zones from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through the Community and the veterinary certification requirements

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

It aims to ensure that poultry and poultry products from outside the EU imported into or transited through the EU meet the same standards as those produced within the EU.

KEY POINTS

Scope

  • The regulation sets out veterinary certification requirements for imports into the EU and transit through the EU, including storage during transit, of the following:
    • poultry, hatching eggs, day-old chicks and specified pathogen-free eggs;
    • meat and minced meat of poultry, including wild game birds, eggs and egg products.
  • It lists the non-EU countries, territories or zones from which these animals and products may be imported into the EU.
  • It does not apply to poultry used for shows, exhibitions or contests.

The regulation covers a number of aspects including:

  • general conditions for import and transit such as
    • veterinary certification requirements
    • examination, sampling and test procedures and
    • disease reporting requirements;
  • the animal health status of the country, territory or zone of origin with regard to poultry diseases — this includes
    • the criteria for one of these areas to be considered free of avian influenza
    • requirements of avian influenza surveillance programmes
    • the criteria for one of these areas to be considered free of Newcastle disease (a viral disease affecting poultry)
    • requirements as regards vaccination;
  • specific conditions for import — including for:
    • the import of poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks
    • the import of specified pathogen-free eggs
    • the transport for poultry and day-old chicks;
  • specific conditions for transit — includes exceptions for transit of certain poultry products through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Croatia.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 1 January 2009.

BACKGROUND

MAIN DOCUMENT

Commission Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 of 8 August 2008 laying down a list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which poultry and poultry products may be imported into and transit through the Community and the veterinary certification requirements (OJ L 226, 23.8.2008, pp. 1-94)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, (EC) No 396/2005, (EC) No 1069/2009, (EC) No 1107/2009, (EU) No 1151/2012, (EU) No 652/2014, (EU) 2016/429 and (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 1/2005 and (EC) No 1099/2009 and Council Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC and 2008/120/EC, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 89/608/EEC, 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 96/23/EC, 96/93/EC and 97/78/EC and Council Decision 92/438/EEC (Official Controls Regulation) (OJ L 95, 7.4.2017, pp. 1-142)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of animal health (‘Animal Health Law’) (OJ L 84, 31.3.2016, pp. 1-208)

See consolidated version.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 139/2013 of 7 January 2013 laying down animal health conditions for imports of certain birds into the Union and the quarantine conditions thereof (OJ L 47, 20.2.2013, pp. 1-17)

Council Directive 2009/158/EC of 30 November 2009 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in, and imports from third countries of, poultry and hatching eggs (codified version) (OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, pp. 74-113)

See consolidated version.

Council Directive 2002/99/EC of 16 December 2002 laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption (OJ L 18, 23.1.2003, pp. 11-20)

See consolidated version.

Council Directive 97/78/EC of 18 December 1997 laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries (OJ L 24, 30.1.1998, pp. 9-30)

See consolidated version.

Council Directive 91/496/EEC of 15 July 1991 laying down the principles governing the organization of veterinary checks on animals entering the Community from third countries and amending Directives 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC and 90/675/EEC (OJ L 268, 24.9.1991, pp. 56-68)

See consolidated version.

last update 21.06.2019

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