EU Animal Health Law Implementation Update Issued By TBA


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The implementation of the EU Animal Health Law, due to go into effect on Apr. 21, will instead begin on Aug. 21, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association announced on Monday. The rule affects Thoroughbred movements to the EU, and, whilst not yet formally ratified, the Thoroughbred Brexit Steering Group's understanding is that EU technical experts have approved a delay to the application of the new rule for equine exports until late August. Existing Export Health Certificates, among other export documents will remain valid until the revised start date. The TBA's advice at this time is therefore to continue to use existing Export Health Certificates and to test for both EIA and EVA as part of the export process, until the new EU Animal Health Law's Export Health Certificates come into effect.

Once the final position on the timing of implementation of this aspect of the EU Health Law is confirmed, the TBA will announce further guidance. For more information, please visit

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