Is my fishery health certificate compliant with the new format?

From the 26 November 2012 there is a new health certificate for fishery products for human consumption, laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation 1012/2012.  This replaces the current certificate in Regulation 1250/2008.  

If you are unsure what the difference is between the old and the new certificate; there are minor changes to Boxes I.1 and I.28, change to the title of part II, changes to the animal health attestation (part II.2) and changes to the notes.   The public health attestation (part II.1) of the new certificate are unchanged compared to the old certificate.

The changes to the certificate have been highlighted Model Health Certificate 1012/2012

The inspector in the exporting country will need to check the Part II.2 (animal health attestation) on the certificate and amend it as relevant for your consignment.  The animal health attestation (i.e. the whole of part II.2) is to be omitted (left out) or deleted (scored through) for:

 all wild origin fishery products

  • the following aquaculture (farmed) products (see notes at end of certificate):

(a) Non-viable aquaculture crustaceans, which means crustaceans no longer able to survive as living animals if returned to the environment from which they were obtained

(b)  Aquaculture fish which are slaughtered and eviscerated (gutted) before dispatch

(c) Aquaculture animals and products made from raw material obtained from aquaculture which are placed on the market for human consumption without further processing, provided that they are packed in retail-sale packages

Where the aquaculture fishery product is not covered by (a) to (c) above (e.g. aquaculture fish which has not been evicerated (gutted) not in retail packs, for example farmed tilapia or catfish, or aquaculture fish roe not in retail packs, for example roe of farmed salmon) the following apply:

1.     Part II.2.3  re transport and labelling is always completed. Note the labelling requirement.

2.     Part II.2.1 has to be completed for:

  • Species susceptible to Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis (EHN), (Rainbow trout [Oncorhynchus mykiss] and redfin perch [Perca fluviatilis]).
  • (Taura syndrome and Yellowhead disease are crustacean diseases – we see only non-viable crustaceans so this is not applicable)

Otherwise part II.2.1 is deleted or omitted from the certificate.

3.     Part II.2.2 has to be completed for species susceptible to Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS), Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN), Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) or Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) but only where the fishery product is intended for a Member State, zone or compartment free of the relevant disease or subject to a surveillance or eradication programme for the relevant disease. (White spot disease refers to such disease affecting crustaceans only – as we see only non-viable crustaceans so this is not applicable to trade through Felixstowe).

Otherwise part II.2.2 should be deleted or omitted from the certificate.

Susceptible species:

Details of susceptible species are found in Annex IV of 2006/88 – latest list in Directive 2008/053 (attached)

If you need further advice on completion of the certificate in these circumstances please contact the port health office for further advice.

Fishery products from New Zealand and USA

New Zealand and USA health certificates remain unchanged. However where the animal health attestations would be required, these must be provided in addition to the usual NZ or USA fishery products certificate and would be in the form of the certificate laid down in Regulation 1012/2012 minus the public health attestations.

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