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Non-EU countries authorised establishments

Non-EU country establishments database

These consolidated lists are published in accordance with the requirements of Article 127 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and Article 5 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information, we would be obliged if any apparent discrepancy is reported to DG SANTE, Directorate F - Health and food audits and analysis.

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The requested guarantees

  • The Non-EU country (third country) must be approved to export a specific category of food of animal origin and must be in the list of approved Non-EU countries for that specific category of food
  • Before a country is approved and can start to export a category of food of animal origin, an evaluation of the country and its competent authority will be carried out by the Health and food audits and analysis office, located in Grange, Ireland (European Commission, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety)
  • The requirements for each category of food products are specified in Annex III to the Regulation (EC) No 853/2004. These requirements must be checked and guaranteed by the competent authorities of the non-EU country before an establishment can be listed as an EU approved establishment. The competent authorities of the non-EU country also must inform the Commission if an establishment is no longer fulfilling the above mentioned requirements
  • The non-EU country must have a residue monitoring plan (in accordance with Council Directive 96/23/EC) for the category of food of animal origin and must appear in the list of countries with an approved residue monitoring plan (Commission Decision 2011/163/EU as amended)
  • For food products concerned, the non-EU country must have a salmonella control program in animal population in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 2160/2003
  • The competent authority is responsible to keep the lists of establishments up to date and to inform the Commission of any changes necessary

Procedure to request a modification to the list

  • Requests for amendments (additions, deletions, modifications) of the lists of establishments authorised to export food of animal origin to the European Union (thereafter requests) must be made by the Competent Authorities of the relevant non-EU country. These requests must be addressed to: European Commission, DG SANTE, Directorate F, Health and food audits and analysis, non-EU Country Listing, Email: SANTE-IRL-NEC-LISTING@ec.europa.eu
  • The requests are evaluated by Commission staff (DG SANTE, Unit F4)

    Note: These forms were last updated December 2019. In order to facilitate the listing process, the authorities are advised only to use these updated forms when submitting new requests for modifications to the lists (please submit the Word copy together with scanned copy of the signed and stamped form – the Word format allows copy and paste which reduce the risk of mistakes when transferring data to the TRACES database). In the case of requests for registration of fishery vessels (factory vessels, freezer vessels and reefer vessels), the request must be accompanied by a copy of the vessel registration document, demonstrating that the flag state of the vessel is the same country as that submitting the request.

  • When the request is considered valid, i.e., when it contains all requested information, it is approved by the Commission and a 'notification' is issued via the TRACES system to all EU countries informing them of requests from non-EU countries which have been approved by the Commission.
  • The legal basis for the listing of third country (non-EU country) establishments is provided by Article 127 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625. Article 5 of the latter lays down requirements for entry into the Union of certain goods from a third country in relation to establishments and states that:

    1. Consignments of the following goods shall only enter the Union where those consignments are dispatched from, and obtained or prepared in, establishments that appear on lists drawn up and kept up-to-date in accordance with Article 127(3)(e)(ii) and (iii) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

    (a) products of animal origin for which requirements are laid down in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, and for which the following codes have been laid down in Part Two of Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87:

    • CN codes have been laid down in Chapters 2 to 5, 15 or 16, or,
    • HS codes under headings 2102, 2103, 2105, 2106, 2202, 2301, 2822, 2932, 3001, 3002, 3501, 3502, 3503, 3504, 3507, 3913, 4101, 4102, 4103 or 4110;

    (b) sprouts referred to by the following HS codes: 0704 90, 0706 90, 0708 10, 0708 20, 0708 90 or 1214 90 of Part Two of Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87.

    2. Establishments referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article may be placed on the lists referred to in Article 127(3)(e) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 only if, in addition to the guarantees laid down in Article 127(3)(e)(ii) and (iv) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, the third country gives the following guarantees: (a) such establishments, together with any establishments handling raw material of animal origin used in the manufacture of the products of animal origin concerned, comply with applicable requirements referred to in Article 126(1) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, in particular those of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, or with requirements recognised to be at least equivalent thereto; (b) the establishment, where appropriate, only handles raw materials of animal origin that come from third countries with an approved residues monitoring plan for that product category in accordance with Directive 96/23/EC or from Member States; (c) it has real powers to stop the establishments from exporting to the Union in the event that the establishments fail to meet the relevant Union requirements or requirements recognised to be at least equivalent thereto.

    3. The Commission shall provide the Member States with any new and updated lists that it receives from the competent authorities of the third country in accordance with Article 127(3)(e)(iii) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and shall publish such lists on its website.

    4. Member States shall allow the entry into the Union of the consignments referred to in paragraph 1 provided that the official certificates which are required to accompany such consignments pursuant to the applicable Union rules are issued by the competent authorities of the third country starting with the date of publication by the Commission of the lists referred to in paragraph 1.

    Annex III to the Regulation 853/2004 provides a categorization of food of animal origin in sections. This categorisation is followed for the lists of establishments to the extent possible.

    Further lists are maintained for establishments handling raw materials for collagen and gelatine and for establishments handling treated raw materials for collagen and gelatine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Production and Certification dates for newly approved establishments

  • The competent authorities of Non-EU 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 Non-EU country. The date that the request of the Non-EU country was considered valid by the Commission appears on the list in the column 'date of request'.

Q2: 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 Non-EU country authority.

Q3: 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.
  • Date of request dd/mm/yyyy
  • This is the date on which a new Non-EU country request was entered into TRACES.
  • If no date is given in this column, it means that the request dates from before 2007.

Q4: 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 Non-EU 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 the Non-EU country national rules for the approval of cold stores otherwise require.
  • Cold stores, in order to be authorised, 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.

Q5: 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.

Q6: 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'.