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APHA OV Team in Worcester

Tel: 0208 026 1094

Centre for International Trade, Carlisle (imports and exports)

Tel: 03000 200 301

Sam support desk

Tel: 03300 416999

APHA Pet Travel Scheme helpline

Tel: 0370 241 1710 (available Mon–Fri, 8am–6pm. Closed Bank Holidays)

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

Key Briefing Notes

Recent Briefing Notes

Number Content/Name Date
34/21 Update of the OCQ(V) export courses to incorporate the requirements agreed following the UK’s Exit from the EU 2 Aug 2021
33/21 Update on Animal Health Regulation: New EHCs published  2 Aug 2021
32/21 Animal Health Regulation: Further webinars with expert panel 27 Jul 2021
31/21 Certifying Export Health Certificates 8311 EHC and 8312 EHC – Great Britain to Northern Ireland 21 Jul 2021
30/21 Movement Assistance Scheme - Extension of Scheme and Further Expansions Announced  12 Jul 2021
29/21 Update Animal Health Regulation 9 Jul 2021
28/21 Bovine TB Vaccination – Field trials underway for world-leading cattle vaccine and skin test for bovine tuberculosis 7 Jul 2021
27/21 Introduction of a watermark to APHA Laboratory testing reports – Update 28 Jun 2021
26/21 Animal Health Regulation: Live webinars with expert panel 25 Jun 2021
25/21 Certified Copies of Export Health Certificates 25 Jun 2021
24/21 Refinement to the interferon-gamma testing policy in the High Risk and Edge Areas of England 22 Jun 2021
23/21 Quality assurance pilot for tuberculin skin testing in England and Wales 8 Jun 2021
22/21 Improvements to Reducing Bovine TB Reactor Removal Timings  3 Jun 2021
21/21 Introduction of a watermark to APHA Laboratory Testing reports 2 Jun 2021
20/21 Reminder to Official Veterinarians (OVs) of the requirements for certification of pork exports to China from approved and associated establishments  28 May 2021
19/21 Discontinuing Covid-19 temporary amendments to TB skin testing in GB 28 May 2021
18/21 Update of the OCQ(V) export courses to incorporate the requirements agreed following the UK’s Exit from the EU 27 May 2021
17/21 Phased Introduction of default six-monthly surveillance TB testing of cattle herds in the High Risk Area of England 27 May 2021
16/21 How Official Veterinarians can report export certification issues to the Centre for International Trade 20 May 2021
15/21 Improved Digital Security Measures for Export Health Certificates Printed on Crown Vellum Watermarked Paper 20 May 2021, rev 11 Jun 2021
14/21 Introduction of the TB eradication measures in specific parts of the Low and Intermediate TB Areas of Wales 18 May 2021
13/21 Introduction of the Operational Use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for bTB Purposes 20 Apr 2021
12/21 Movement Assistance Scheme - Further Extensions Announced 6 Apr 2021
11/21 New Post-Mortem Providers join APHA’s Scanning Surveillance Network in England and Wales 1 Apr 2021
10/21 Animal Health Regulation and new EHCs for composite products 31 Mar 2021
09/21 SARS-CoV-2 in Animals – Case Definition, Testing and International Reporting Obligations 24 Mar 2021, rev 13 May 2021
08/21 Movement Assistance Scheme Policy Update and Guidance 18 Mar 2021
07/21 Notification of new timeline for introducing border control processes on the import of goods 12 Mar 2021
06/21 Validating laboratory test reports used for certifying movement of animals 12 Feb 2021
05/21 Certifying Prohibited and Restricted Goods – Great Britain to Northern Ireland 28 Jan 2021
04/21 Guidance updates on Export Health Certificates (EHCs) and Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) for exports to the EU and movements to Northern Ireland 20 Jan 2021, rev 3 Feb 2021
03/21 Notification of an Extension to the Revalidation Deadline for Export OCQ(V)s 20 Jan 2021
02/21 Guidance updates for certification of ABP and POAO exports to the EU and movement to Northern Ireland 14 Jan 2021, rev 11 Feb 2021
01/21 Certifying Officers to Obtain Avian Influenza Disease Clearance for certain Export Health Certificates from the APHA Vet Gateway 8 Jan 2021

For all past Briefing Notes, please visit the list on the OV Vet Gateway by clicking here.

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