The electronic certificate replaces the paper-based certificate of inspection which has been in place since 2008.
During a 6-month transitional period, the new model of electronic certificate can be issued in paper as well. As of 19 October 2017, only the certificates initiated and issued via the electronic system will be valid..
The electronic certificate is accessible through the Trade Control & Expert System (TRACES) – the existing EU electronic system for tracking movements of food products across the EU. Accessible 24/7, the TRACES system has been shown to facilitate trade by enabling trade partners and competent authorities to easily obtain information on the movements of their consignments, and speeding up administrative procedures. It also proved to be an invaluable tool in facilitating the rapid reaction to health threats by tracing the movements of consignments and facilitating the risk management of rejected consignments.
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