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Exporting Food Products of Animal Origin and Animal By Products to GB for later onward export to EU/NI from GB (SHA Online)

Update on Support Health Attestations (SHA) from NI to GB

Following the recent decision by the EU Commission to delay the implementation of the new Animal Health Regulation export health certificates, the requirements for SHA, for products of animal origin moving from NI to GB, for onward certification from GB to EU/NI, will remain the same.

The date of implementation has been postponed from 21 August 2021 until 15 January 2022.  Current requirements will, therefore, continue to apply during this period.

Further information can be found on the Animal Health Regulations section of the DAERA Website.

From the 1st January 2021, Products of Animal Origin (POAO) and Animal By-Products which are exported from GB to the EU, including product moved from GB to NI, will require an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to demonstrate compliance with EU import requirements.

Where POAO originating in NI is intended for further export from GB to the EU, or movement back to NI, then  NI to GB movements of POAO may require a Support Health Attestation (SHA) or in some cases a Support Attestation (SA). An SHA will provide the necessary sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) assurances to allow completion of the final EHC in GB. It is not required to enter GB, and should therefore only be used where there is a clear need for assurance indicated by a certifying officer in GB.

 You can obtain a SHA via DAERA’s online application process and you can also find advice, answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and attestation templates to help you make your application on this page.

Applications should be made at least 2 working days in advance of the date of movement of the product from NI. This is the date of loading of your consignment from premises of dispatch.

For more information on requirements for NI to GB trade, please visit the EU Exit section of the DAERA website.

How do I Apply for a Support Health Attestation?

DAERA have created a digital application system which exporters can use from 15th December 2020 to apply for a SHA called SHA Online.

To access more guidance and to make an application for a Support Health Attestation, please select the below link.

For further queries, please contact as follows:

  • DAERA Direct Regional Offices DAERA will process SHA applications from specified premises. For queries relating to these applications, please contact your local DAERA Direct Office.
  • Northern Ireland AVI Veterinary Practices Authorised Official Veterinarians (previously referred to as AVIs) will process all other SHA applications relating to Animal By-Products, Hides/Skins, Dairy Products, Meat Preparations, Meat Products and Composite Products. For queries relating to these applications, please contact your nominated AVI Provider. All exporters must contact their Authorised Official Veterinarians directly to ensure the appropriate service can be provided.
  • Local Authority Council Offices it is anticipated that Local Authority Environmental Health Officers will process SHA applications relating to Sea Fish, Fish and Seafood Products (e.g. Oysters). For queries relating to these applications, please contact your Local Authority Council Office.
  • For all other queries please contact

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