The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) has issued updated guidance to businesses which import ornamental fish following the implementation of The Aquatic Animal Health (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (Statutory Instrument 2022/835, which can be found here). There have been some changes to the health certificates required for imports into Great Britain so businesses should ensure they are up-to-date with the changes and are using the new templates, which can be found here.

The FHI advise that Health Certificates for imports of live aquatic animals into Great Britain must be completed in line with the Notes for Guidance document (see below) for import of live aquatic animals into Great Britain. Imports that do not meet the mandatory requirements are liable to statutory action being taken against the importer and the supplier and it could lead to the shipment being rejected or intercepted and ultimately destroyed. Importers may wish to supply a copy of the Notes for Guidance document to their suppliers for information to aid in the future completion of the health certificates.

There is a six month grace period from 17 August 2022) for both the use of the new health certificates and compliance with the attached Notes for Guidance document. After this time, FHI will be increasing checks on the quality of health certificates received and further action will be taken.

Read the FHI’s Importers Guidance Pack here.

Read the FHI notes for guidance for certifying officials for imports of aquatic animals into Great Britain here.