Isolation of live animals

Pre-export isolation is intended, by means of temporarily confining animals for export, to rule out any existing contamination of these animals by pathogenic germs, and to avoid any new contamination. It is applicable when this is required by the authorities of the country of destination for the exported animals, and is carried out in a place which is approved for this use by the FASFC.

The isolation place into which an operator confines animals before export needs to be approved by the local control unit before being used. This approval is granted as long as the isolation place meets the requirements in terms of infrastructure and installations specified by the FASFC. The approval is valid for 1 year, and can then be renewed; however, it must be renewed early from the moment that a modification is made to the infrastructure, or the requirements in terms of infrastructure and installations specified by the FASFC are changed.

All isolation of animals in an approved isolation place must nonetheless be notified to the FASFC: information relating to the dates of isolation, identity of the isolated animals, etc., must be provided with this notification. The FASFC reserves the right to carry out unannounced inspections to check that the isolation is carried out in accordance with the applicable requirements.

The certification of exported animals subject to pre-export isolation is only possible if the steps relating to the approval of the isolation place and the notification of isolation have been complied with.

All animals for export which are part of the same shipment must remain without interruption in the isolation place. Isolation may be extended beyond the period required in the export certificate, as long as the applicable conditions continue to be observed. Isolation which has been interrupted may not be resumed, it must start again.

Last updated: 22/09/2020