PART 1. LISTS OF THIRD COUNTRIES, TERRITORIES OR PARTS THEREOF
PARTS OF THIRD COUNTRIES OR TERRITORIES REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 7(2)
|Country/territory||Code of part of the country/territory||Description of part of the country/territory|
|US – United States||US-A||The State of Hawaii <*>|
|<*> Suspended from 5 May 2010.|
PART 2. TABLES OF ANIMALS AND THE CORRESPONDING MODEL VETERINARY CERTIFICATES
|“QUE”:||Model of veterinary certificate for consignments of queen bees and queen bumble bees (Apis mellifera and Bombus spp.),|
|“BEE”:||Model of veterinary certificate for consignments of colonies of bumble bees (Bombus spp.)|
|Hymenoptera||Apidae||Apis mellifera, Bombus spp.|
EXPLANATORY NOTES FOR COMPLETING THE VETERINARY CERTIFICATES (REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 18)
(a) Veterinary certificates shall be issued by the exporting third country, based on the models set out in Part 2 of Annexes I, II and IV and Annex III according to the layout of the model that corresponds to the live animals/fresh meat concerned.
They shall contain, in the numbered order that appears in the model, the attestations that are required for any third country and, as the case may be, those supplementary guarantees that are required for the exporting third country or part thereof.
If the Member State of destination imposes, for the live animals/fresh meat concerned, additional certification requirements, attestations to certify that those requirements are fulfilled shall also be incorporated in the original form of the veterinary certificate.
(b) Where the model certificate states that certain statements shall be kept as appropriate, statements which are not relevant, may be crossed out and initialled and stamped by the certifying officer, or completely deleted from the certificate.
(c) A separate and unique certificate must be provided for the live animals/fresh meat that are exported from a territory or territories of the same exporting country appearing in columns 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Annex I, II or IV which are consigned to the same destination and transported in the same railway wagon, lorry, aircraft or ship.
(d) The original of each certificate shall consist of a single sheet of paper, or, where more text is required it must be in such a form that all sheets of paper required are part of an integrated whole and indivisible.
(e) The veterinary certificate shall be drawn up in at least one of the official languages of the Member State of the border inspection post of introduction of the consignment into the Union and of the Member State of destination. However, those Member States may authorise the certificate to be drawn up in the official language of another Member State, and accompanied, if necessary, by an official translation.
(f) If for reasons of identification of the items of the consignment (schedule in point I.28 of the model veterinary certificate), additional sheets of paper are attached to the certificate, those sheets of paper shall also be considered as forming part of the original of the certificate by the application of the signature and stamp of the certifying officer, on each of the pages.
(g) When the certificate, including additional schedules referred to in (f), comprises more than one page, each page shall be numbered, (page number) of (total number of pages), at the end of the page and shall bear the certificate reference number that has been designated by the competent authority at the top of the pages.
(h) The original of the certificate must be completed and signed by an official veterinarian or by another designated official inspector where this is provided for in the model veterinary certificate. In the case of live animals, the certificate must be completed and signed within 24 hours prior to loading of the consignment for introduction into the Union. The competent authorities of the exporting third country shall ensure that rules of certification equivalent to those laid down in Directive 96/93/EC <*> are followed.
<*> OJ L 13, 16.1.1997, p. 28.
The colour of the signature shall be different from that of the printing. This requirement also applies to stamps other than those embossed or watermarked.
(i) The certificate reference number referred to in boxes I.2 and II.a. must be issued by the competent authority.
|“RUM-A”:||Model of veterinary certificate for animals of the species listed below that are originating from and intended for an approved body, institute or centre.|
|Bovidae||Addax ssp., Aepyceros ssp., Alcelaphus ssp., Ammodorcas ssp., Ammotragus ssp., Antidorcas ssp., Antilope ssp., Bison ssp., Bos ssp. (including Bibos, Novibos, Poephagus), Boselaphus ssp., Bubalus ssp. (including anoa), Budorcas ssp., Capra ssp., Cephalophus ssp., Connochaetes ssp., Damaliscus ssp. (including Beatragus), Dorcatragus ssp., Gazella ssp., Hemitragus ssp., Hippotragus ssp., Kobus ssp., Litocranius ssp., Madoqua ssp., Naemorhedus ssp. (including Nemorhaedus and Capricornis), Neotragus ssp., Oreamnos ssp., Oreotragus ssp., Oryx ssp., Ourebia ssp., Ovibos ssp., Ovis ssp., Patholops ssp., Pelea ssp., Procapra ssp., Pseudois ssp., Pseudoryx ssp., Raphicerus ssp., Redunca ssp., Rupicapra ssp., Saiga ssp., Sigmoceros-Alecelaphus ssp., Sylvicapra ssp., Syncerus ssp., Taurotragus ssp., Tetracerus ssp., Tragelaphus ssp. (including Boocerus).|
|Camelidae||Camelus ssp., Lama ssp., Vicugna ssp.|
|Cervidae||Alces ssp., Axis-Hyelaphus ssp., Blastocerus ssp., Capreolus ssp., Cervus-Rucervus ssp., Dama ssp., Elaphurus ssp., Hippocamelus ssp., Hydropotes ssp., Mazama ssp., Megamuntiacus ssp., Muntiacus ssp., Odocoileus ssp., Ozotoceros ssp., Pudu ssp., Rangifer ssp.|
|Giraffidae||Giraffa ssp., Okapia ssp.|
|Tragulidae||Hyemoschus ssp., Tragulus-Moschiola ssp.|
|“SUI-A”:||Model of veterinary certificate for animals of the species listed below that are originating from and intended for an approved body, institute or centre.|
|Artiodactyla||Suidae||Babyrousa ssp., Hylochoerus ssp., Phacochoerus ssp., Potamochoerus ssp., Sus ssp.|
|Tayassuidae||Catagonus ssp., Pecari-Tayassu ssp.|
|Hippopotamidae||Hexaprotodon-Choeropsis ssp., Hippopotamus ssp.|
|“TRE-A”:||Model of veterinary certificate for animals of the species listed below that are originating from and intended for an approved body, institute or centre.|
|Rhinocerotidae||Ceratotherium ssp., Dicerorhinus ssp., Diceros ssp., Rhinoceros ssp.|
|Proboscidea||Elephantidae||Elephas ssp., Loxodonta ssp.|
Requirements concerning bodies, institutes or centres in third countries
The body, institute or centre in a third country must:
(a) be clearly demarcated and separated from its surroundings;
(b) have adequate means for catching, confining and isolating animals, and have available adequate quarantine facilities and approved standard operating procedures for animals coming from unknown origin;
(c) have a vector-protected structure complying with the following requirements:
(i) it has appropriate physical barriers at entry and exit points;
(ii) the openings of the vector-protected structure are vector-screened with mesh of appropriate gauge impregnated regularly with an approved insecticide according to the instructions of the manufacturer;
(iii) vector surveillance and control are carried out within and around the vector-protected structure;
(iv) measures are taken to limit or eliminate breeding sites for vectors in the vicinity of the vector-protected structure;
(v) standard operating procedures are in place, including descriptions of back-up and alarm systems, for the operation of the vector-protected structure and for the transport of the animals from that structure to the place of loading;
(d) keep, for a minimum period of ten years, up-to-date records indicating:
(i) the number and identity (age, sex, species and individual identification, where appropriate) of the animals of each species present on their premises;
(ii) the number and identity (age, sex, species and individual identification where appropriate) of animals arriving in or leaving their premises, together with information on their origin or destination, the means of transport, and the health status of those animals;
(iii) the results of blood tests or any other diagnostic procedures carried out on the animals on their premises;
(iv) cases of disease and, where appropriate, the treatment administered;
(v) the results of the post-mortem examinations on animals that have died on their premises, including still-born animals;
(vi) observations made during any isolation or quarantine period;
(e) be free from the diseases listed in Annex A to Directive 92/65/EEC or mentioned in the veterinary certificates for the relevant species set out in Part 2 of Annex VI to this Regulation, for at least the previous three years, as evidenced by the records kept pursuant to point (d) and the results of the clinical and laboratory tests carried out on the animals on their premises;
(f) either have an arrangement with a laboratory approved by the competent authority to perform post-mortem examinations, or have one or more appropriate premises where these examinations may be performed under the authority of the approved veterinarian;
(g) ensure disposal of the carcasses of animals which die of a disease or are euthanised;
(h) secure, by contract or legal instrument, the services of a veterinarian approved by and acting under the control of the competent authority, who must perform at least the following tasks:
(i) ensure that appropriate disease surveillance and control measures are applied in that body, institute or centre. Such measures must be approved by the competent authority of the third country, territory or part thereof where the body, institute or centre is situated, taking into account the disease situation and must include at least the following elements:
– an annual disease surveillance plan including appropriate control measures concerning zoonoses in the animals present on the premises,
– clinical, laboratory and post-mortem testing of animals suspected to be affected by transmissible diseases and zoonoses,
– vaccination of susceptible animals against infectious diseases and zoonoses;
(ii) ensure that any suspect deaths or the presence of any other symptom suggesting that animals have contracted one or more of the diseases listed in Annex A to Directive 92/65/EEC or mentioned in the veterinary certificates for the relevant species set out in Part 2 of Annex VI to this Regulation are notified without delay to the competent authority, where that particular disease is notifiable in the third country, territory or part thereof concerned;
(iii) ensure that incoming animals have been quarantined as necessary, in accordance with the instructions given by the competent authority;
(iv) ensure compliance with the animal health requirements which the animals must fulfil in order to be introduced into the Union.
Conditions concerning the approval of bodies, institutes or centres in third countries
- Approval must be granted only to those bodies, institutes or centres which comply with the requirements set out in Part 3.
- Where vector protection is required, the approval of a structure as vector-protected must be granted only if the criteria in point (c) of Part 3 are met. In order to grant the approval, the competent authority must verify at least three times during the required protection period (at the beginning, during and at the end of the period) the effectiveness of the vector protection measures, by means of a vector trap inside the vector protected structure.
- Each approved body, institute and centre must be assigned an approval number.
- Approval must be maintained only as long as the following conditions continue to be met:
the premises are under the control of an official veterinarian, who must perform at least the following tasks:
(i) inspect the premises of the body, institute or centre at least once per year;
(ii) audit the activity of the veterinarian referred to in point (h) of Part 3 and the implementation of the annual disease surveillance plan referred to in the first indent of point (h)(i);
(iii) ensure that the provisions laid down in Parts 3 and 4 are met;
(iv) verify that:
– compliance with the animal health requirements which the animals must fulfil in order to be introduced into the Union;
– the results of the clinical, post-mortem and laboratory tests on the animals have revealed no occurrence of the diseases listed in Annex A to Directive 92/65/EEC or mentioned in the veterinary certificates for the relevant species set out in Part 2 of Annex VI to this Regulation.
- The approval must be withdrawn where the competent authority finds that the requirements of Part 3 are no longer being fulfilled.
- Where notification is given of the suspicion of the occurrence of one of the diseases listed in Annex A to Directive 92/65/EEC or mentioned in the veterinary certificates for the relevant species laid down in Part 2 of Annex VI to this Regulation, the competent authority must suspend the approval of the body, institute or centre, until the suspicion has been officially ruled out. Depending on the disease involved and the risk of disease transmission, the suspension may relate to the the body, institute or centre as a whole or only to certain categories of animals susceptible to the disease in question. The competent authority must ensure that the measures necessary to confirm or rule out the suspicion and to avoid any spread of disease are taken.
- Where the suspected disease referred to in point 6 is confirmed, the approval of the body, institute or centre must be withdrawn.
- Where the approval of a body, institute or centre has been withdrawn, it must be restored only where the following conditions are complied with:
(a) the disease and the source of infection were eradicated on the premises of the body, institute or centre concerned;
(b) the premises of the body, institute or centre concerned were appropriately cleaned and desinfected;
(c) the body, institute or centre concerned complies with the requirements set out in points (a) to (d) and (f) to (h) of Part 3.
9. The competent authority which approved the body, institute or centre must inform the Member States that included the body, institute or centre on their lists of approved bodies, institutes and centres of the suspension, withdrawal or restoration of that approval.