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Blood & Blood Products from Equidae

  1. The following information pertains to blood and blood products from equidae for the manufacture of derived products for uses outside the feed chain for farmed animals and not for human consumption.

  2. The raw materials used in the production of blood products must be sourced from Article 10(a), (b), (d) and (h) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009.

  3. A blood product can be imported provided that it:

      a. Comes from an approved country/part of a country

      b. Comes from an approved establishment 

      c. Is accompanied by an agreed animal/public health certificate



  1. Blood that has been collected in accordance with point 1 of Chapter IV of Annex XIII of Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011 or where blood products have been produced in accordance with point 2(b)(i) of that Chapter may be exported to the EU from Third Countries or parts of Third Countries listed in Annex 1 to Decision 2004/211/EC (repealed by Annex 1 of Regulation (EU) 2018/659) from which the importation of equidae for breeding and production is allowed.

  2. Blood products which have been treated in accordance with point 2(b)(ii) of Chapter IV of Annex XIII in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011 may be exported to the EU from Third Countries listed in Part 1 of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 from which Member States authorise imports of fresh meat of domestic equidae.

  3. Lists of approved establishments may be found here (Animal by-products: Section I and III).

  4. The blood products must have been produced in accordance with Section 3 in Chapter II of Annex XIV of Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

  5. The product must have a label indicating “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION”.





  1. Blood and blood products from Equidae shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a veterinary health certificate, drawn up in conformity with the model certificate found in Chapter 4(A) of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

    Health Certificate – Blood Products (Equidae) (pdf 68Kb)  

  2. The certifying veterinarian should ensure that only the relevant paragraphs and, where appropriate, additional guarantees and/or special conditions applicable to the exporting country are included.

1. Consignments of animal by-products entering the EU must be inspected at an EU-approved Border Control Post (BCP) where Member States' official veterinarians ensure they fulfil all the requirements provided for in EU legislation.

2. The operator responsible for the consignment must give the BCP at the intended point of entry advance notification of the arrival of the consignment.

3. There is a required minimum pre-notification notice period of at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the consignment’s arrival.

4. Failure to submit correct documentation within this timeline may result in significant delays in the consignment being processed through the Border Control Post.

5. Pre-notification is given by the submission of Part 1 of the Common Health Entry Document (CHED-P), as is laid down in Commission Implementing Regulation (EC) No. 2019/1715, through the online TRACES NT system.

6. Other supporting documentation associated with the consignment should be submitted at this time as well - such as the health certificate, invoice, packing list, bill etc.

1. Providing all the documentation has been submitted correctly and within the correct timeframes, a large proportion of the documentary check can be commenced in advance of the consignment’s arrival. This includes examination of the veterinary certificate and other documents accompanying a consignment.

a. Please note the original hard copy of the health certificate must travel with the consignment, this will be checked and held at the BCP at the point of entry into the EU.

2. Provided all is in order with the documentary check, the consignment will then be subject to an identity check at the BCP to ensure it identifies with the consignment that was declared in the documentation.

3. A proportion of consignments will be selected for a full physical inspection with/without sampling as appropriate.

4. Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CHED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CHED.

5. If the consignment does not meet the import requirements, the consignment may be rejected and either re-exported or destroyed.