Food

Non-EU Countries Authorised Establishments

Non-EU Countries Authorised Establishments

Non-EU country establishments database

These consolidated lists are published in accordance with the requirements of Article 12, Regulation 854/2004. 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 third country must be approved to export a specific category of food of animal origin and must be in the list of approved third 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 third 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, Head of Unit: Mr Kenneth ELLIOTT)

    Note: Forms updated July 2017. 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.

  • 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 Member States informing them of requests from Non-EU countries which have been approved by the Commission

  • An acknowledgment letter is sent to the Competent Authority of the Non-EU country confirming receipt of the request indicating the timetable for the administrative process. This timetable follows Article 12 of Regulation (EC) 854/2004

  • If there are no objections from any of the EU Member States within 20 working days to these requests, the new draft list is published on the DG SANTE website

  • The updated list will come into force 10 working days after the publication date.

The Legal Basis

Frequently Asked Questions