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, at the most competitive price.

Eville & Jones supervises more than 75% of the British meat industry and our professional 700-strong field force of export vets and Certification Support Officers (CSOs) is the largest and most expert in the UK – and the best distributed. This means that, wherever you are and whatever your certification needs, we can supply the highest calibre professionals to meet them.

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. And with a 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 on certification issues; meets all traceability demands; and resolves any documentation problems to fit customers’ specific systems, processes and delivery schedules.

And with the likelihood that export certification will be required for all products of animal origin going to EU countries from 1st January 2021, you need to know about EHC if your goods leave the UK for any destination.
Rest assured, though, our recruitment and resourcing operation has already geared up to cope with the expected increase in export certification demand, whatever system is introduced. 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 of 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 with the agency on the set up of the service, undertaking much of the testing and guidance that established functionality, and we can advise you on all aspects of its use.

Each user company will have to 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

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it is very likely that 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 and UK-wide.

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


Products EHCs apply to

  • Meat: red and white; frozen, chilled and processed products; and mechanically recovered meat and offal
  • Dairy: milk from cows, sheep, goats and buffalos and all products that derive from it, including baby food and formula
  • Fish: fresh and frozen fish products, molluscs and fish oils
  • Eggs: table eggs and egg products
  • Hides and skins
  • Pet food: raw or processed, dry or canned, including fish bait
  • Miscellaneous: all other products and by-products of animal origin, including germplasm; semen, ova and embryos; chicken feed; bovine hooves; gelatine; antlers; and bones

Eville & Jones experts provide the quickest, most attentive and supportive certification services for the nation’s exporters to all territories, as well as UK importers.


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) and talk to us to establish which certificates must be obtained and how we can help you.

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

Step 3: we work with regulatory agencies and complete documentation. Eville & Jones will guide you through all regulatory requirements and documentation. We assist with all liaison with APHA (Animal & Plant Health Agency), FSA (Food Standards Agency) and relevant local authorities on certification issues, resolving traceability requirements, overcoming documentation problems and implementing product checks to meet specific customer 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 for some particular 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, while 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 will visit 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 will check Export Health Certificate and accompanying documents throughly before signing and stamping. The original will be 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.



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 and all of them dedicated to providing the top-class personal service and flexibility they require, we will 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

Eville & Jones is providing a free EHC preparedness check for exporters 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 touchand 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:
Further information on EHCO can be found at: