Food Export Health Certificates


About Health Certificates

Health Certificates are issued on request to food businesses who wish to export foodstuff outside the EU. They are provided to assist local exporters in meeting the food safety requirements.

Certificates we can supply

We can provide official certification for products of non-Animal Origin. We can issue some certificates of  Products of Animal Origin, but these are limited to those central government certificates that may be signed by an 'Official Inspector'.

Where receiving countries only need confirmation of registration/authorisation and/or compliance with domestic law, we can provide attestations to this effect for all premises in our jurisdiction.

Certificates we cannot supply

We are unable to supply health certificates for Products of Animal Origin which require a veterinary signature. For example, we are unable to provide certificates for products containing meat, or where the product is a baked product with dairy ingredients if 50% or more dairy is present.


Type of certificatePrice (net of VAT) from 1 April 2020
 Enhanced (Where the LA determines additional checks
Certificate which requires a site visit£210
Additional scanned copy of certificate£4

Export Certificates will only be issued after payment has been received.

Additional information:

  • Your business must either be registered or approved.  We will not supply a certificate if your business is not either registered or approved.
  • We shall always try and incorporate the wording indicated on your form, but we obviously cannot include wording that implies that we vouch for the safety of the individual batch/consignment of food. Our wording normally reflects the fact that your foodstuffs are produced and stored in premises subject to our jurisdiction as a food authority, and which have been subject to a satisfactory inspection programme.
  • We reserve the right to decline to issue a certificate if your premises, hygiene standards and or practices fail to meet food safety standards.
  • Officers may want to inspect a consignment before the certificate is issued.

Part A - What information is required for the export certificate?

Information required for the export certificate is as follows:

  • manufacturer
  • minimum durability
  • storage conditions
  • export approval number
  • consignor
  • consignee
  • destination
  • product
  • ingredient information as a percentage
  • quantity
  • country of origin
  • date of production
  • packaging
  • batch number (where appropriate).

It must be noted, however, that it is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the destination country's requirements are met. 

How long does it take to process an export certificate?

It usually takes five working days to process the certificate if all the information is provided and valid. You will receive your certificate through the post unless you have specifically requested to collect it from the Council.

Apply for a health certificate

Email and include all the information requested in Part A.