Changes to the rules for movement of composite products from GB to NI/EU from 21 April 2021

The rules for movement of composite products from GB to NI/EU will change with the introduction of new EU Animal Health Regulations on the 21st April 2021.

A composite product is a food containing both processed products of animal origin and products of plant origin.

Some of the changes that will take effect from 21st April 2021 include:

  • Non-shelf stable products without meat and containing less than 50% of processed products of animal origin will now require a new official certificate; and
  • Shelf-stable products not containing meat products (except gelatine, collagen and highly refined products) and containing less than 50% of processed products of animal origin will require a new private attestation to accompany the composite products.

Businesses on the Authorised Trader list that are moving goods from GB to NI will not be required to complete new composites’ EHCs or private attestations until the relevant phase of compliance comes into effect from 01 Oct 2021. In the meantime, STAMNI (Scheme for Temporary Agri-food Movements to Northern Ireland) declarations will meet these requirements in line with the movement criteria. However, all such goods moved from GB to NI by Authorised Traders must comply with the regulatory requirements for production of composite products.

Help and Support

Further information to help you determine whether your product is a composite or not is available here.  

Defra has published guidance to traders and is running a series of Q&A webinars to explain what these changes mean.  

Further details are available on the EU Exit Events page.

DAERA will provide further guidance in the lead up to 21st April.

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