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Question N° 1: Production and Certification dates for newly approved establishments

The competent authorities of third countries are the only bodies entitled to officially declare that establishments fully comply with EU legislation requirements.

Production of goods intended to be exported to the EU can start from the date on which the amendments to the lists have been communicated to the Commission (date indicated on the letter) by the competent authority of the third country. The date that the request of the third country was considered valid by the Commission appears on the list in the column 'date of request'.

However, certification of such goods must only be carried out as from the date of entering into force of the updated list, which is 10 working days after it is published on the SANCO website.

Question N° 2: Certification dates for establishments to be removed from the list

In the event that establishments are requested to be removed from the list (de-listed), consignments for export to the EU can only be certified until the day before the communication for de-listing has been submitted to the Commission by the third country authority.

Question N° 3: Definition of dates in the establishment lists

Validity date from dd/mm/yyyy

This date appears in the top right corner of the list.

It is the date on which a new or updated list enters into force.

Date of publication dd/mm/yyyy

This date appears in the top right corner of the list.

It is the date on which a new or updated list is made available to the public. This is the day when 20 working days of consultation of the Member States is finished and no objection was received from the Member States.

Date of request dd/mm/yyyy

This is the date on which a new third country request was entered into TRACES.

If no date is given in this column, it means that the request dates from before 2007.

Entry into force date dd/mm/yyyy

The date appears in the part of the list 'Upcoming modifications'.

It is the date on which the establishment will be included in the list of approved establishments.

Question N°4: Cold store, animal species and approval

Cold stores must be included in the list of establishments for the sector for which they are approved by the competent authority of the third country and are indicated as CS (cold stores).

If the establishment is included in the lists for section I (meat of domestic ungulates), section II (meat from poultry and lagomorphs), section III (meat of farmed game), section IV (wild game meat) as a "cold store" activity, the storage is not limited to any particular species. If in the column 'Remark' species are mentioned then the restriction only applies to the other activity or activities for which the establishment is listed i.e. not for cold stores. This applies except where third country national rules for the approval of cold stores otherwise require.

Cold stores, in order to be agreed, must comply with the European legislation and particularly Regulation (EC) N° 852/2004 which states that an approval can only be delivered if food is protected from contamination at all stages of production, processing and distribution. Therefore, there must be in any case adequate separate storage of raw and processed material. Nevertheless such approval can be limited, such as storage of packaged meat only.

Question N° 5: Species

When a species appears in the column 'Remark', it means that the activities of the establishment described on the relevant row are restricted to that species.

For example, the remark 'B' which is related to 'Bovinae', means that the activities are restricted to 'Bos taurus', 'Bison bison' and 'Bubalus bubalus'. While, the remark 'Bbis' which is related to 'Bison bison', means that the activities are restricted to 'Bison bison' only.

When no species is introduced in the column 'Remark', all species under the section are allowed. For example, in 'Section I' (Meat of domestic ungulates) the activities of the establishment are allowed for domestic Bovine, Ovine, Caprine, Porcine and Equidae.

The species authorised for a certain establishment by the competent authority must be in accordance with the public and animal health legislation applicable in the EU.

Question N° 6: LBM section and Production zone codes

In relation to the Live Bivalve Molluscs (LBM) section, the column 'Approval number' must be considered to be the equivalent of the Production area 'Code'.

 
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