Export certificate for food of animal origin

This page was last modified on 10-01-2018

When exporting food of animal origin from Luxembourg to a third country exporters must check the health requirements and regulations that apply in the country of destination.

In order to trace the product, check the compliance with specific hygiene standards and avoid the transmission of diseases or parasites, a health certificate which meets the requirements of the country into which the goods are exported is necessary.

In Luxembourg, the certificate is issued by the Administration of Veterinary Services (Administration des Services Vétérinaires - ASV).

The necessary procedures depend on the type of product and on the country of destination of the goods.

Forms / Online services

Carry out your procedure:

  • With an online service

    • Certification de l'espace professionnel auprès de l'ASV
    • Demande de certificat d'exportation de produits d'origine animale destinés à la consommation humaine

Who is concerned

Businesses in the food sector (natural or legal persons) active in the production, transformation or distribution, and which export food of animal origin for human consumption, can obtain a health certificate for the export of these products.

The notion of food of animal origin destined for human consumption covers food of animal origin or derived from animals, whether it has been processed or not. 

Example: milk, meat, eggs, fish or honey. Live animals such as crawfish or bivalve molluscs destined for consumption can also be included.

Composite products require an export health certificate if their composition is mostly of animal origin.

Example: sausage must be accompanied by a health certificate. Lasagne with only 10 % meat does not require a health certificate.

However, it is the country of destination which determines whether a health certificate is required or not.

Preliminary steps

To access the online application form, the certification of the professional eSpace by the Administration of Veterinary Services is necessary.

To have your business eSpace certified, you must attach:

  • a certification from the employer specifying that the employee has power of signature and acts in the interest and on behalf of the company (scanned document in PDF format);
  • a copy of the company's business permit (scanned document in PDF format).

Before applying, businesses must check the following elements for each country of destination of the goods:

  • the existence of an embargo or a particular restriction on the product concerned;
  • health rules in force;
  • the need to provide a certificate of origin which must accompany the health certificate;
  • documentary requirements, namely if there is a specific certificate for the product and the country concerned or if a general certificate is enough.
In some cases, foreign authorities require prior approval of the exporting establishment or a specific registration based on an assessment of this establishment by its supervisory authority.

Duration and deadlines

The applicant must submit the application for a health certificate at least 2 working days prior to the export of the products.

How to proceed

Submitting the application

The exporter must submit an application for a health certificate to the Administration of Veterinary Services (ASV) via MyGuichet in order to obtain the following certificates:

  • certificate for fishery products;
  • certificate for meat-based products;
  • certificate for fresh meat;
  • certificate for dairy products for third countries;
  • certificate for milk.

The ASV may request additional documents to be attached to the application (e.g. test results).

For dairy products, the language in which the certificate is issued can be chosen based on the country of destination: French and English, French and Arabic, Chinese or English only.

In other cases, the applicant must consult the competent authorities of the country of destination on their language requirements. The applicant then contacts the ASV to evaluate the situation.

Conditions for granting

Food of animal origin entering a foreign market must comply with the Luxembourg or European standards.

This basically means checking:

  • the hygiene of foodstuffs;
  • the respect of cold temperatures and the cold chain;
  • the compliance with microbiological criteria;
  • the existence of a Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP method);
  • the registration of the establishment of production, processing or distribution of food;
  • the specific rules applicable to food of animal origin.

If the third country requires different standards or if there is a bilateral agreement between the European Union and the third country or between Luxembourg and the third country, a veterinarian of the Administration of Veterinary Services (ASV) specifically checks these conditions.

In this case, the ASV conducts on-site inspections or may request the result of laboratory analyses. The ASV then certifies that the test results are correct.

If the goods meet the standards, the ASV issues a health certificate and submits it to the applicant in person or by mail.

Conditions for denial

The Administration of Veterinary Services (ASV) refuses to issue a certificate if the test results are non-compliant.

If the destination country requires analyses that are not required by EU law and therefore are not applicable on the products in question, the ASV provides a certificate crossing out the analyses that have not been certified.

The applicant must check with the destination country if the certificate is acceptable in this form. If it is not, the goods can be refused by the destination country.

Who to contact

Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer protection
67, rue Verte / Bâtiment Omega II
L-2667 - Luxembourg
Postal box B.P. 1403 / L-1014
Phone: (+352) 247-82539
Fax: (+352) 40 75 45
Email info@asv.public.lu