- A GUIDE TO CERTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL OF RACEHORSES TO AND FROM GREAT BRITAIN IN THE LIGHT OF EU COMMISSION DECISION EFFECTIVE FROM 8TH AUGUST 2007 AND SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL IN FRANCE AND GERMANY
- Must be accompanied by a modified Defra ‘Animal Health Certificate’, ‘90/426C’ which contains an extra paragraph stating that the movement of the horse conforms with Commission Decision 2007/552/EC (‘90/426C’ is a general Certificate; the extra paragraph relates specifically to Foot and Mouth Disease).
- Obtained via local Defra Animal Health Office, from Monday to Friday 9-5pm (http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth/about-us/contact-us/animal-health-offices.htm)
- Horses travelling to France or Germany from Great Britain must also be accompanied by a British Horseracing Authority ‘Foot and Mouth Disease Declaration for Travel’ in order to comply with requirements of France Galop and the Direktorium.
- The Declaration may be downloaded from www.racingadmin.co.uk or britishhorseracing.com.
Horses travelling in to Great Britain from France or Ireland to stay less than 15 days
- Must be accompanied by a private veterinary declaration (also known as PVP, or PVD) in case of Ireland or a certificate for intra-Community trade in horses issued by the French Government.
- More details about the PVP are available at the Irish Agricultural Department website www.agriculture.gov.ie
- These documents will provide sufficient information to GB certifying veterinarians to sign the Animal Health Certificate needed for the horse to return back to France or Ireland
Horses travelling in to Great Britain from any EU Member State other than France or Ireland
- Must be accompanied by a certificate for intra-Community trade in horses issued by the Competent Authority of the Member State of origin (as usual).
Horses from France or Ireland transiting through Great Britain en route to France or Ireland or another Member State
- It is recommended that these horses are accompanied by an intra-Community trade certificate for horses issued by the Competent Authority of the Member State of origin..
It is hoped that these notes have clarified the situation as it currently applies. Please note that they serve as guidance only. For definitive interpretation, please refer to the appropriate legislation. Individual trainers or veterinarians should contact their local Defra Animal Health Office for further information regarding the DEFRA ‘Animal Health Certificate’, ‘90/426C’ and/or Lynn Hillyer at the British Horseracing Authority for information regarding the ‘Declaration for Travel’.
10th August 2007
Horses travelling from Great Britain to EU Member States (including France and Ireland)