In addition to the rules laid down in Regulation 998/2003 (see non commercial movement within the EU), dogs, cats and ferrets must comply with the rules laid down in Article 10 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC, where they are
- not moved for non-commercial purposes; or
- moved for non-commercial purposes in a number of more than five (Commission Regulation (EU) No 388/2010);
The animals must be accompanied to the place of destination by
- a passport (Commission Decision 2003/803/EC) documenting in Section IX the clinical examination carried out within 24 hours prior to dispatch of the animals by an authorised veterinarian which must verify that the animals are in good health and able to withstand carriage to their destination; and
- a health certificate drawn up in accordance with Part 1 of Annex E to Directive 92/65/EEC (last amended by Commission Decision 2012/112/EU), issued by an official veterinarian of the Member State of dispatch.
The official veterinarian of the Member State of dispatch notifies the movement to the competent authorities of destination through the Community Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), except in the case of a non-commercial movement of more than five dogs, cats or ferrets.
In the case of a non-commercial movement of more than five dogs, cats or ferrets, the period of validity of the heath certificate is 4 months from the date of issue or until the date of expiry of the anti-rabies vaccination shown in section IV of the passport, whichever date is earlier (IMPORTANT: see notes for guidance at the end of the certificate).
The animal shall be identified by an electronic identification system (transponder) or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011, of which the alpha-numeric code corresponds to the one documented in the passport.