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International Animal Product Export Regulations

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Notice

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.


Chapter 4(C) Health Certificate for Untreated Blood Products (from Animals other than Equidae) For Technical Purposes

Advisory regarding commercial documents e.g. company certificates of origin or analysis:  The EU has indicated that consignments of blood products will be rejected if accompanied by commercial documents containing more specific information than the below certificates.  APHIS strongly recommends that exporters not include commercial documents (or other paper work) with the consignments that make any claims regarding the origin of the blood products or about other information addressed in these certificates.  The pre-lined out versions below contain the most specific assurances APHIS can provide for these consignments.

Please select the appropriate certificate below based upon the species of origin of the blood product.

Materials in new or sterilized bags or bottles:

Blood products from Artiodactyla, Perrissodactyla, Proboscidea Animals (Includes Ruminants)

These versions should not be utilized for consignments containing only fetal bovine serum, unless other blood products are also included in the production of the certified materials.

Fetal bovine serum and derivatives of fetal bovine serum

These versions may be used only for consignments containing only fetal bovine serum and/or the derivatives of fetal bovine serum. No other animal origin materials may be included in the production of the certified materials.

Blood products from Suidae/Tayassuidae Animals (includes Pigs)

Blood products from Avian Animals

Blood products from Livestock OTHER THAN Artiodactyla, Perrissodactyla, Proboscidea, Suidae/Tayassuidae, or Avian Animals collected in full or in part during FSIS slaughter inspection

Blood products from Laboratory Animals (e.g. rodents) OTHER THAN Artiodactyla, Perrissodactyla, Proboscidea, Suidae/Tayassuidae, or Avian Animals [Not including derivatives of blood from livestock, e.g. rabbits, if collected during FSIS slaugher inspection]

Other

The below versions should be utilized when:

1- Blood products are shipped in bulk containers rather than new or sterilized bags or bottles; and/or

2- Blood products derived from two or more of the following groups of animals are certified on the same 4C certificate:

  • Artiodactyla, Perrissodactyla, Proboscidea Animals (includes Ruminants);
  • Suidae/Tayassuidae Animals (includes Pigs)
  • Avian Animals

To utilize these versions, the inappropriate text must be lined out prior to endorsement. The text must be lined-out consistent with the pertinent versions above. For instance, if a consignment contained both pig blood and avian blood, the certificate should be lined out as indicated above for "Blood products from Suidae/Tayassuidae Animals (includes Pigs)", except section II.6 should be lined out as indicated above for "Blood products from Avian Animals."

The only exception is the following on for blood products that are shipped in bulk containers. In the case of blood products that are shipped in bulk containers, Section II.7 should be lined out as follows:

II.7.      the products were:

(2)either    [packed in new or sterilised bags or bottles,]
(2)or         [transported in bulk in containers or other means of transport that were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with a disinfectant approved by the competent authority before use,]

             the outer packaging or containers bear labels indicating ‘NOT              FOR  HUMAN OR ANIMAL CONSUMPTION’;

 

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Last Modified: February 14, 2014