WTO notification of draft Implementing Regulation to proposed amendments to model certificates

News from AAFC’s Market Access Secretariat

Please be informed that the European Union (EU) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a draft Implementing Regulation to proposed amendments to model certificates for entry into the EU of certain products of animal origin and certain categories of animals as it relates to veterinary medicinal products (VMPs).

As you may be aware, Article 118 (1) of Regulation (EU) 2019/6 requires third country operators exporting animals or products of animal origin to the EU to respect the prohibition on the use of antimicrobial medicinal products for the purpose of promoting growth or to increase yield, and the prohibition on the use of antimicrobials that have been reserved for the treatment of certain infections in humans.

This draft Implementing Regulation amends the model certificates for the export to the Union of food-producing animals and products derived therefrom intended for human consumption to include the relevant attestations of compliance with the provisions set by Regulation (EU) 2019/6.

You are invited to review the WTO notification to determine whether your industry could be impacted by these changes. Please refer to the following link for more information: G/SPS/N/EU/656.

To enhance our understanding of the potential impacts this regulation may have on Canadian exports to the EU, we welcome your comments on the EU’s proposed amendments to the model certificates. Please submit your comments, questions, and concerns to the Market Access Secretariat at aafc.mas-sam.aac@agr.gc.ca by August 25, 2023.