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BREXIT Guidance 

We provide information to help support vets and equine practices prepare for the end of the Brexit transition phase. Britain formally left the EU on 31 January 2020. We are currently in the transition phase which will be completed by 31 December 2020, for simplicity we will continue to use the term Brexit when we are referring to the end of the post-EU transition phase.

New Import requirements from 1 January 2022

Following the Government announcement in September 2021 that certain EU to GB Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import controls will begin from 1 July 2022, we want to remind you of the requirements that will still come into force from 1 January 2022.

Whilst certification, documentary, ID and physical checks, by commodity groups for products of animal origin, animal by-products, plant and plant products, will be introduced in three phases between July and November 2022, the requirement for pre-notifying consignments starts on 1 January 2022.

From 1 January 2022, businesses importing products of animal origin, animal by-products and high risk foods not of animal origin (HRFNAO) must pre-notify consignments at least four hours in advance of arriving into Great Britain. The pre-notification must be made via the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS).

To help you get ready for these new requirements we have incorporated key information you need into the attached document. Please take the time to read and understand the actions needed to continue importing from the EU into GB from 1 January 2022. Additionally, you can refer to the Border Operating Model for further information.

Importation of semen and embrYOs to the uk after Brexit

As you will be aware, importers will still be able to import animals and products of animal origin after Brexit, but the process for notifying the UK authorities will change. 

If we leave the EU without a deal, importers will no longer be able to use TRACES and will instead need to be ready to use IPAFFS. If you import semen or embryos and currently use TRACES this may apply to you also.



EU exit and moving equines

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place there will be changes to the way that equines are moved from the UK to the EU. 

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The Veterinary Sector and Preparing for Brexit

The Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have launched a new website which provides more information to help prepare veterinary businesses for 1 January 2021.


Veterinary Medicines Regulation

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has an online hub to keep you informed of what you need to know and the actions you will need to take.

Visit Hub

BEVA Congress 2019 Brexit Panel Discussion

At BEVA Congress 2019 we held a panel discussion on Brexit, the recording of this session is available to watch below.