Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the animal or product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.
|USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature||Original Ink|
|APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature||Original Ink|
Details: Health certificates require original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the APHIS embossed seal. Submissions through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) cannot be accepted at this time.
The Member States of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Bilingual health certificates are available for some species/commodities. Please refer to the link for the individual Member State for available bilingual health certificates. It is the responsibility of the exporter to obtain a bilingual certificate if it is not available on the Member State link.
Additional information about exporting bovine embryos to the EU (scroll down to section II. Embryos)
List of EU-approved bovine embryo collection and production teams (click on "United States" at bottom of the page)
Additional information about exporting bovine semen to EU.
List of EU-approved bovine semen collection centers and bovine semen storage centers (click on "United States" at bottom of the page)
Additional information about exporting live horses to the EU.
Additional information about export of equine semen to the EU
List of EU-approved equine semen collection and storage centers (click on "United States" at bottom of page)
List of EU-approved equine embryo collection teams (click on "United States" at bottom of page)
Ovine and Caprine
Additional information about export of ovine/caprine semen to the EU.
Additional information about export of ovine/caprine semen and embryos to the EU.
Breeding swine - Health certificate - January 2018
Additional information about export of porcine semen to the EU.
List of EU-approved porcine semen collection centers (click on "United States" at bottom of page)
Part II of the day-old chick certificate must be issued by an accredited veterinarian within 10 days prior to export and must be endorsed by APHIS. Part III of the certificate must be issued on the day of hatch and does not need APHIS endorsement. The accredited veterinarian must apply a stamp to Part III containing his/her name, company name, and accreditation number. The original copy of Part III must be attached to Part II of the certificate.
Captive Bred Birds:
Defined as "birds that have not been caught in the wild but have been born and bred in captivity from parents that mated or had gametes otherwise transferred in captivity." This does not apply to poultry (fowl, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, partridges), pigeons, ratites, birds for conservation programs, pets, or birds intended for zoos
Raptors (such as falcons) may be exported to the EU according to the following scenarios:
This applies to raptors which do not fall into these categories:
- pet birds accompanying their owner
- birds imported for conservation programs approved by the competent authority of the Member State of destination
- birds intended for zoos, circuses, amusement parks
- research birds
Captive bred raptors must originate from an approved breeding bird establishment meeting these conditions.
The import conditions for these birds are determined by the importing country. The importer should request this information from the government of the Member State of destination.
Research dogs, cats and ferrets
EU Member States’ Health Status
For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.