Directive 92/65/EEC, which lays down the requirements governing trade and imports as regards animal health, was amended by Regulation 998/2003, to ensure the uniformity of the rules applicable to trade and non-commercial movements of animals.
In addition to the rules laid down in Regulation 998/2003 (see non commercial movement from third countries), dogs, cats and ferrets must comply with the rules laid down in Article 16 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC, where they are
Animals must come from third countries either listed
The animals must be presented at a Veterinary Border Inspection Post (BIP) to which one working day's notice has to be given and where identity and documentary checks are performed.
They must be accompanied by a health certificate drawn up in accordance with the model set out in Annex I to Decision 2011/874/EU
(IMPORTANT: see notes for guidance at the end of the certificate) and issued by an official veterinarian of the third country of dispatch.
The forms in the various linguistic versions may be downloaded here
(See notes for guidance at the end of the certificate).
The health certificate must attest, in addition to the requirements laid down in Regulation (EC) No 998/2003, that a clinical examination was carried out within 24 hours prior to dispatch of the animals by an authorised veterinarian who has verified that the animals are in good health and able to withstand carriage to their destination.
At the BIP a Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) is then issued, based on identity and documentary checks performed by the official veterinarian of the BIP who will notify the movement to the competent authorities of the place of destination through the Community Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).
CVED and health certificate must accompany the animals to the place of destination.
The health certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian, except for a non-commercial movement of more than five dogs, cats or ferrets in which case the certificate is valid for the purpose of further movements within the Union, for a total of four months from the date of issue of this certificate or until the date of expiry of the anti-rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.
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 health certificate.