Requirement documents for exporting live animals

A list of requirement documents you need to meet when exporting live animals.

Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC)

If you're exporting live animals, you're legally required to get an Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC), unless you have an exemption under law. 

Read about Animal Welfare Export Certificates

Laboratory requirements

All laboratories that test live animals and germplasm for export must operate under the Recognised Laboratory Programme.


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Animal Products (Recognised Agencies and Persons Specifications) Notice 2015
Animal Products Notice: Export Approved Premises
Animal Products Notice: Official Assurances Specifications for Animal Material and Animal Products

Codes of practice

The codes of practice are the guidance material containing the recommended standards for exporters of live animals and germplasm exports.

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Pre-export Quarantine and Isolation Code of Practice
Codes of practice

OMARs and export certificate templates

To view the password-protected export certificate templates, click the '+' next to the OMAR for your commodity and destination.

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  • one word for precise results - for example, alligator
  • multiple words for broader results. For example, alligator meat returns documents with either alligator or meat
  • quotation marks to search a specific term - for example, 'alligator meat' returns documents with the exact phrase 'alligator meat'
Published after date must be later than or the same as Published before date.
Published before date must be earlier than or the same as Published after date.
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Birds for competitions, exhibitions or for establishments for presentation to the public to France - OMAR
Overseas Market Access Requirement (OMAR)
Birds to the Philippines – OMAR
Overseas Market Access Requirement (OMAR)
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