Certification requirements for the European Union

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The following certificates are available:

  • Animal Health Certificate for the Import into the European Community of Aquaculture Animals for Farming, Relaying, Put and Take Fisheries and Open Ornamental Facilities (AQAH-0016)
  • Animal Health Certificate for the Import into the European Community of Ornamental Aquatic Animals Intended for Closed Ornamental Facilities (AQAH-0019)
  • For the export of frozen mysid and/or euphasid shrimp intended as ornamental fish feed, the European Union requires shipment certification and that the processing facilities have been officially approved as compliant with EU Regulation No.1069/2009. Exporters should contact their CFIA Animal Health Office for information on how to obtain this approval and shipment certification. For this specific commodity, shipments exported without an aquatic animal health certificate may be detained in the European Union.

Important Notes:

  • Certificate (AQAH-0016) is available in the following versions: English (EN) with French (FR), Czech (CS), Danish (DA), Dutch (NL), Estonian (ET), German (DE), Italian (IT), Lithuanian (LT) or Polish (PL).
  • Certificate (AQAH-0019) is available in the following versions: English (EN) with French (FR), Danish (DA), Dutch (NL), Finnish (FI), German (DE), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT) or Spanish (ES).
  • If other language versions are needed for these certificates, please contact your CFIA Animal Health Office.
  • The commodities for both AQAH-0016 and AQAH-0019 require inspection prior to export. For live aquatic animals (including larvae) the inspection must occur within 72 hours of loading for export. In the case of gametes and/or germplasm (including fertilized and eyed eggs), both the health records and the broodstock must be inspected within 7 days of collection of the gametes. Please contact your local CFIA Animal Health Office well in advance of export to request and schedule an inspection.
  • Please note that the European Union has notified that imports of aquatic animal genetically modified organism's (GMO's) and their products are not permitted at this time. As a result, aquatic animal GMO's (including live salmonids, their gametes or germplasm) or their products are not eligible for export to the European Union.
  • There may be existing certificates or additional information from the Fish and Seafood program. However, for the specific commodities above, an aquatic animal health certificate is required.
  • To request an export certificate outlined above or if you require any other information on aquatic animal health export certification, please contact your CFIA Animal Health Office.
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