Guidance

Certify an export health certificate

Official vets and inspectors in England, Scotland and Wales: register or sign in to EHC online to certify export health certificates.

Exporters of live animals and animal products need a export health certificate (EHC) to export to countries outside the EU.

From 1 January 2021, they’ll need an EHC to export to the EU or move live animals and animal products to Northern Ireland.

You can use this service to:

  • certify export health certificates

  • download certificates to print and sign

  • cancel an export health certificate and request a new one

  • see the status of an application

If you are an exporter in England, Scotland or Wales, there’s a different service to apply for an export health certificate.

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Before you start

You’ll need a Government Gateway account and a Defra account. If you do not have them, you’ll be guided to set them up when you use the service for the first time.

When you set up your Defra account, select ‘sole trader’. Select this option even if it does not describe your organisation.

Read the accessibility statement for this service.

Published 18 August 2020
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the accessibility statement for this service.

  2. Updated content to show that exporters in England, Scotland and Wales will need an export health certificate (EHC) to export live animals and animal products to the EU or move live animals and animal products to Northern Ireland.

  3. First published.