Article 24 checks at BIP


Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority

Issue Number 02 | March 2012 |

Port Health Update - Imports of Products of Animal Origin

Increased checks over Products of Animal Origin at the BIP
- EU wide implementation of Article 24 of Council Directive 97/78/EC

Where problems are found with imports of POAOs at one BIP the law requires that extra checks are carried out on the next 10 similar consignments to ensure that the problem is not widespread.

Previously such re-enforced checks were applied to the next 10 consignments entering the Member State where the problem was found. Now changes have been made so that such checks are applied on an EU-wide basis.  This will provide a better level of protection to public and animal health and should also mean that each re-enforced checks programme will be completed more quickly.  

How does an article 24 programme start?

When a consignment fails import requirements, e.g. a prohibited residue is found, the BIP concerned notifies their central competent authority (CCA) who consider whether a programme of re-enforced checks should be undertaken. If so, the CCA notifies the EU Commission and if they agree, an article 24 programme is started in TRACES.

Identification of consignments subject to re-enforced checks

TRACES selects the next 10 similar consignments to undergo re-enforced checks based on criteria such as CN code, same establishment of origin etc.

Finding out what is on the list

Details of current article 24 programmes can be found via the TRACES home page:-

  • go to the re-enforced checks link (located on the left hand menu at the bottom)
  • click search to see the current programmes 

Details of the country, commodity, lab tests, date of commencement and current status are displayed. Details of the  factory concerned are not provided as this information is not in the public domain we will also not be providing such detail.

Subsequent consignments

Subsequent consignments must be held in port until the outcome of the checks on the first 10 consignments is known. Alternatively, the importer can elect to have their consignment sampled at their expense and if the result is satisfactory their consignment can be released even if the results of the first 10 consignments are not all known. However, once the importer has decided to have their consignment sampled, the consignment cannot be released until the result of the sampling is known even if the results of the first 10 consignments come back as satisfactory in the meantime.

Selection for sampling

If an Article 24 is in place and your consignment is one of the first 10 we will notify you of the re-enforced checks and any additional charges. Covering for example; sampling, sample transport and laboratory fees.  All fees must be paid before release.

If the first 10 consignments have already been sampled but their results are outstanding we will enquire if you wish to wait for those results or whether you wish to have your consignment sampled at your expense. We cannot offer advice as to whether it would be best to wait or to sample.

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