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Contact

APHA OV Team in Worcester

Tel: 0208 026 1094
Email: CSCOneHealthOVTeam@apha.gov.uk

Centre for International Trade, Carlisle (imports and exports)

Tel: 03000 200 301

To order a supply of pet passports –
Email: petpassportcarlisle@apha.gov.uk

Sam support desk

Tel: 03300 416999

For other APHA office access and opening times, please click here.

Key Briefing Notes

Recent Briefing Notes

Number Content/Name Date
36/20 An update on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement for the Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary) (OCQ(V)) revalidation courses 11 Nov 2020
35/20 End of Transition Period: updates on Export Health Certificates and new guidance published on certification of goods to EU 30 Oct 2020
34/20 Products of Animal Origin – Listing of UK Establishments by Trading Partners Changes to Listing Codes and Associated Matters Information Circular to Exporters and Certifying Officers in the UK 30 Oct 2020
33/20 Implementation of the APHA contract for the Provision of Veterinary and Paraprofessional Training, Authorisation and Assurance Services: Temporary Unavailability of OV Training 21 Oct 2020
32/20 Further funding available for (OCQ(V)) training to certify the export of animals and animal products to the EU and for OCQ(AHP) - CSO training 1 Oct 2020
31/20 Products of Animal Origin.Listing of UK Establishments by Trading Partners. Changes to Listing Codes and Associated Matters 29 Sep 2020
30/20 Reminder – Compulsory Equine Microchipping in England coming into force 18 Sep 2020
29/20 OVs who fail to facilitate bovine TB testing on-farm audits 9 Sep 2020
28/20 Issuing Notifiable Disease Clearances through the Export Health Certificates (EHC) Online Service 24 Aug 2020
27/20 Advice for OVs to pass on to cattle keepers regarding passports of TB reactor animals during the COVID-19 outbreak 20 Aug 2020
26/20 Update on the outcome of the retender of the APHA contract for the Provision of Veterinary and Paraprofessional Training, Authorisation and Assurance Services 18 Aug 2020
25/20 An update on the rollout of Approved Tuberculin Testers (ATTs) into private veterinary businesses to carry out tuberculin skin testing of cattle in England 17 Aug 2020
24/20 Requirements for the EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) from 1 January 2021 10 Aug 2020
23/20 Cancel and Replacement of Export Health Certificates 5 Aug 2020
22/20 Equine Microchipping in England 30 Jul 2020
21/20 Bovine TB Vaccine Field Trials 22 Jul 2020
20/20 To remind OVs of their responsibilities with regard to TB testing certification 7 Jul 2020
19/20 Advice for OVs on TB testing bovine animals under 180 days old in herds with an ongoing TB incident in England and Wales during the Coronavirus outbreak  14 May 2020
18/20 SARS-CoV-2 in Animals – Case Definition, Testing and International Reporting Obligations 13 May 2020
17/20 Advice for OVs on a temporary amendment to testing bovine animals under 180 days old in Officially TB-Free herds in England and Wales during the Coronavirus outbreak 04 May 2020
16/20 Export Health Certificate Printing on Plain White Paper during the Coronavirus Restrictions 24 Apr 2020
15/20 Advice for UK Government Working Animals during COVID-19 Epidemic 06 Apr 2020
14/20 Advice for OVs undertaking TB testing during the COVID-19 outbreak in Wales  01 Apr 2020
13/20 Advice for OVs undertaking TB testing during the COVID-19 outbreak in Scotland 01 Apr 2020
12/20 Advice for OVs undertaking TB testing during the COVID-19 outbreak in England 01 Apr 2020
11/20 Update for Official Veterinarians regarding how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the issuing of Export Health Certificates 01 Apr 2020
10/20 Advice for Veterinarians and their Clients on Pets and COVID-19 01 Apr 2020
09/20 Extension to the Conditional Authorisation and Revalidation Deadlines for the Official Controls Qualification (Veterinary) - Tuberculin Testing due to COVID-19 26 Mar 2020
07/20 Advice for OVs undertaking Visits during the COVID-19 Outbreak 20 Mar 2020
06/20 Advice for OVs in the Event of Reduction of VDP/OV Capacity for TB Testing due to COVID-19 Pandemic 19 Mar 2020
05/20 Outcome of the pilot to explore the use of Approved Tuberculin Testers (ATTs) in private veterinary businesses to carry out tuberculin skin testing of cattle in England 18 Mar 2020
04/20 Phased introduction of default six-monthly surveillance TB testing of cattle herds in the High Risk Area of England 05 Mar 2020
03/20 An update regarding pet travel as we now enter a transition period 30 Jan 2020
02/20 An update regarding equine movements as we now enter a transition period 29 Jan 2020
01/20 Reminder to check access to IT systems 21 Jan 2020
34/19 Change in application of movement restrictions on TB breakdown holdings in Wales from 13 January 2020 31 Dec 2019
33/19 Change to the Inconclusive Reactors (IR) Policy in Persistent TB Breakdowns in Wales 20 Dec 2019
32/19 Regulation (EU) 2017/625 on Official Controls and Other Official Activities (OCR) 19 Dec 2019

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