What is an Export Health Certificate?

Export Health Certificates (EHC) are required by food manufacturers and exporters when exporting food to any country. From 1st January 2021 this also applies to any who wish to export food of animal origin into the European Union (EU).

The purpose of these certificates is to confirm that a specific business complies with all relevant legislation and that the food being produced is without risk to health.

Your EHC will be issued by either the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) or Chichester District Council, depending on the destination country or food type. To determine this, please contact the APHA. You can contact them by:

APHA are likely to issue certificates relating to meat and dairy products. Your Local Authority EHO will issue certificates for fishery products and some composite products.

APHA will inform you if there is a specific EHC template in place, and if you need to submit an application form to them. Chichester District Council must also be notified of the planned export, where relevant. If there is no EHC template, the Council can assist with the production of a non e-template EHC.

In all cases, it is important that the food manufacturer/exporter liaises with the relevant country, embassy or consulate, food authority and importer to find out about any specific import conditions, and to ensure the certificate meets the stipulated requirements.

The following information will be required to complete your certificate:

  • Manufacturer
  • Minimum durability
  • Storage conditions
  • Approval number
  • Consignor
  • Consignee
  • Destination
  • Product
  • Quantity
  • Country of origin
  • Date of production
  • Packaging
  • Batch number

Please note, it is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the destination country's requirements are met.

Once the content of your certificate has been agreed, Chichester District Council will contact you to arrange a suitable time and date to view the consignment. An officer will visit to undertake relevant checks and view your food safety and other relevant documentation. Once completed, your certificate will be issued.

How much does an Export Health Certificate cost?

  • First Certificate £135
  • Subsequent Certificates (same for batch on same day) £65

How long does it take to process an Export Health Certificate?

It usually takes three to five days to process the certificate.

Who do I contact to request an Export Health Certificate?

Select below to request an Export Health Certificate, and allow at least 5 working days.

Certificates of Good Manufacturing Practice (NB. For non-meat/fish/dairy and composite products)

Certificates of Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) may be required by food manufacturers/exporters who wish to export food products NOT of animal origin to countries outside the European Community (EC) (referred to as third countries). 

The purpose of these certificates is to confirm that a specific business complies with all relevant legislation and that the food being produced is without risk to health.

If there is no CGMP template, the Council can assist with the production of a non e-template CGMP.

In all cases, it is important that the food manufacturer/exporter liaises with the relevant country, embassy or consulate, food authority and importer to find out about any specific import conditions, and to ensure the certificate meets the stipulated requirements.

The following information will be required to complete your certificate:

  • Manufacturer
  • Minimum durability
  • Storage conditions
  • Consignor
  • Consignee
  • Destination
  • Product
  • Quantity
  • Country of origin
  • Date of production
  • Packaging
  • Batch number

Please note, it is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the destination country's requirements are met.

Once the content of your certificate has been agreed, Chichester District Council will contact you to arrange a suitable time and date to view the consignment. An officer will visit to undertake relevant checks and view your food safety and other relevant documentation. Once completed, your certificate will be issued.

How much do Certificates of Good Manufacturing Practice cost?

  • First Certificate £63
  • Additional Certificates (same for batch on same day) £43
  • Late notice charge (less than 24 hours' notice given) £63 (in addition to charge above)

How long does it take to process a Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice?

It usually takes three to five days to process the certificate.

Who do I contact to request a Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice?

Select below to request an Export Health Certificate, and allow at least 5 working days. 

Private Attestations

Some composite products do not require an EHC. In these cases your EU or Northern Ireland importer or agent must complete a private attestation for the composite food products if both of the following apply:

  • the products are shelf-stable (not chilled or frozen)
  • the products do not contain processed meat

You need to give your EU or Northern Ireland import agent information about the products you're exporting so they can so they can complete and sign attestation.  . A certifying officer does not need to sign the attestation.