The agility, size and unrivalled knowhow of our team means we take all the stress out of the Export Health Certification process for UK exporters of meat and products of animal origin.

Eville & Jones supervises more than 75% of the British meat industry.  Our professional 700-strong field force of export vets and Certification Support Officers (CSOs) is the largest and most expert in the UK.  It is also the best distributed.  Wherever you are and whatever your certification needs, we can supply the highest calibre professionals to meet them at a competitive price.

Our nationwide team is growing fast and we can work by the consignment, by the hour or embed a top-notch crew of any size into your 24/7 operation permanently. With technical expertise that is second to none, our export vets ensure EHC fulfilment is smooth, rapid and problem-free.

 

Eville & Jones supports liaison with APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency), FSA (Food Standards Agency) and all relevant Local Authorities. We manage certification issues; meets all traceability demands; and resolves any documentation problems to fit customers’ specific systems, processes and delivery schedules.

And with export certification required for all EU-bound products of animal origin from 1st January 2021, you must know about EHC if your goods leave the UK for any overseas destination.  Rest assured, though, our recruitment and resourcing operation has already geared up to cope with increased export certification demand, whatever trade deal is agreed, or in the absence of one.  Whether you are a new or experienced exporter, you will find everything you are looking for below.

 

What are EHCs?

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

 

EHC Online (EHCO)

APHA launched a new web-based system, EHCO, for the application and issuing of EHCs from Great Britain to non-European countries on 1st June and it is now compulsory to employ this online process to apply for all EHCs that are available on it.

Eville & Jones export specialists worked closely on the set up of the service, undertaking much of the testing and guidance that established functionality  They are well placed, then, to advise you on all aspects of its employment.

Each user company must register as an exporter, which will require a Government Gateway account. The first person to enrol becomes the company admin, who can then invite other users to sign up too. You can also enrol for all other DEFRA services that support your operation, e.g. import.

With Eville & Jones both an enrolled certifier and an authorised user of the exporter application system, we can provide expert support to anyone who needs assistance.

 

 

 

Brexit and Export Health Certificates

EHC requirements, or a similar system of vet checks for exports to EU nations, will be imposed after the end of the transition period, on 31st December. This will be the first time that consignments of animal products to the EU have required any formal inspection and verification process for 48 years.  Not unnaturally, it will concern companies who have never had to work to one before.

Eville & Jones has anticipated all possible scenarios, though – from every trade agreement permutation to the hardest of Brexits to WTO rules. Our people and expertise are in place to support you every step of the way through any new export regime, 24/7, across Great Britain.

We are also working closely with decision makers and opinion formers and will provide our customers with confirmation of the eventual regulatory landscape, so they are best prepared for any trading arrangement.

 

What products require an Export Health Certificate?

  • Meat: red and white; frozen, chilled and processed products; and mechanically recovered meat and offal.  Meat products include pizzas. hamburgers, sausages, meatballs, bacon, hams, black and white puddings, patties, poultry cuts, pâtés, pork pies, sausage rolls, and game.
  • Dairy: milk from cows, sheep, goats and buffalos and all products that derive from it, including baby food and formula.  Among others are butter, yoghurts, cheeses, single and double cream, condensed and dried milk, ice creams, kefirs, sour creams, and dips.
  • Fish: fresh and frozen fish products, molluscs, fish oils, rose, fish meals, fish glues, fertilisers, and animal foods.
  • Eggs: table eggs and egg products such as breaded and battered food, cream pies and fillings, waffles, crepes, custards, puddings, ice creams, eggrolls, and eggnog.
  • Hides and skins: products include footwear, jackets, coats, gloves, belts, purses, wallets, handbags, equine tacks and harnesses, and upholstery and interior decor.
  • Pet food: raw or processed, dry or canned, including fish bait.  Among animal ingredients are beef, lamb, chicken, and fish – as well as animal parts/by-products: bones, tissues and organs.
  • Miscellaneous: all other animal products and by-products of animal origin, including germplasm; semen, ova and embryos; chicken feed; bovine hooves; gelatine; antlers; and bones

 

There are more than 1,500 types of export health certificate, each with different requirements.  Our experts remove the stress, providing the quickest, most attentive and supportive certification services for the nation’s exporters to all territories, as well as UK importers.

 

What information goes in an EHC?

Issues that EHCs address sequentially are:

1. Commodity – confirmation of basic details, such as the name of the exporter and amount and weight of product of animal origin – whether fresh meat, meat preparation, dairy, composite – being shipped. Note: if you are exporting a consignment that is a mix of products, you will need an EHC for each type.

2. Consignment details – these include the container, seal number and boat or flight details. Note: you may also need an EHC for each country your consignment goes through, as well as for its final destination.

3. Health marks – these confirm that the animal/meat product meets EU food standards. They include the EU ‘oval mark’.

4. Confirmation of origin – some EHCs demand proof of the country of origin and any additional ones where it has been processed.

5. Storage conditions – these include statements on optimum temperatures for freshness and hygiene, whether freezing is required and if the commodity should be separated from other goods.

6. Health statements – different countries will have different requirements. Among those often requested are confirmation of heat treatment and freedom from contamination and certain diseases. There may also be a need to provide production records or written confirmation from the manufacturer or OV at the abattoir or processing plant.

 

How is the Export Certification process done?

Step 1: find out what certificate(s) you need. List the product(s) you wish to send to which country(ies). Talk to us to establish which certificates must be obtained and how we can help you.

Step 2: initial contact. Our professional team assesses whether your intended export consignment is possible in a phone or email consultation. We then advise what requirements must be complied with.

Step 3: we work with regulatory agencies and complete documentation. Eville & Jones guides you through all regulatory requirements and documentation. We support all liaison with APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency), FSA (Food Standards Agency) and relevant local authorities. Certification issues are managed, traceability requirements met, documentation problems resolved and product checks implemented to meet your unique demands.

Step 4: we guide you through the Export Health Certificate application. By the end of 2020, most EHC applications will be done online via the EHCO system. To apply for the certificates, exporters should register via the Government Gateway portal, selecting Eville & Jones (GB) Ltd. as the “certifier” when completing the online application. For some countries and certain animal products (e.g. red meat to Hong Kong or poultry and red meat to Canada) EHC applications are done via the TRACES system instead. Our technical department will happily guide you through the application process required for all your products.  Meanwhile, our Official Veterinarians are approved to export to any country, even to those which require some additional authorisations (e.g. China).

Step 5: our visit, inspection and documentation. An Eville & Jones vet visits your site at your convenience to inspect the goods. They will check your product, labelling, storage etc, then ensure you to obtain the required documents and assurances. These might include details of country of origin, heat treatment and processing.

Step 6: our certification. We check Export Health Certificate and accompanying documents throughly before signing and stamping. The original is sent to you so you can export your product, while we also file a copy with APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency) and retain another for our own files.

 

Pricing

Eville & Jones provides customers with cost-effective, high quality solutions for all their certification needs. We are able to be extremely competitive as our staff are locally based, wherever your export operation is in England and Wales.

With our agile, 700-strong team quickly deployed when and where our customers need export vets, all are dedicated to providing the top-class personal service and flexibility they require.  This allows us to tailor a pricing strategy that entirely suits your business’ individual needs.

Whether you want a one-off certification or a long-term, ongoing relationship, we guarantee to beat all our competitors on responsiveness, service delivery and performance, thus maximising value for money.

 

 

EHC clinic

EU Eville & Jones provides exports to the EU with a free EHC preparedness check in the run-up to 1st January, which explains the new requirements and your new responsibilities in simple terms – and how we can support you.

 

Meet an EHC consultant

If you have any questions for our EHC specialists, please get in touch and Business Development Manager, Ioana Dobre will answer your queries and concerns.

 

Useful resources

In June 2020, APHA rolled out the EHC online (EHCO) system, which will gradually replace the email process.
For further information about the many different EHCs that exist, go to: https://www.gov.uk/export-health-certificates
Further information on EHCO can be found at: http://apha.defra.gov.uk/official-vets/Guidance/exports/ehc-online.htm