United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Export requirements for gelatine and collagen


The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where Great Britain includes the devolved nations of England, Wales and Scotland and their islands is now considered by the European Union (EU) as a third country. However, a special status has been granted to Northern Ireland which remains aligned with the EU on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.

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1. Eligible/ineligible product

The export certificates refer to a list of Harmonized System (HS) code(s). It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the product being exported will be covered by the certificates issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).


The list of Harmonized System codes can be found on the model health certificates.


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2. Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country


To export gelatin and collagen to Great Britain, the exporting country must be on the list of authorized third countries.


  • Gelatine and collagen products must come from an establishment licensed under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR)

    The United Kingdom (UK) requires that gelatine and collagen products originate from an establishment operating under the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles (see Preventive control plan [PCP]) as stipulated in Commission Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council. In addition, these establishments must be regularly audited by the competent authorities (CA) in accordance with Regulation (EC) 853/2004 which applies to processed and unprocessed products of animal origin.

  • Establishments must appear on the appropriate establishment list administered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • The lists pertinent to these products are available on the Establishments approved to export animals and animal products to Great Britain (GB). Please select List of establishments in non-EU countries approved to export animal products to GB.

    Sort by:

    • Country name "CA Canada"
    • Sector "food"
    • Section XIV Gelatin
    • Section XV Collagen
  • To request inclusion on any of the GB approval lists, please submit the following information to your local CFIA office. The inspector will submit the request following the Operational procedure: Procedure for maintaining food export eligibility lists
    • unique establishment identifier
    • Safe Food for Canadians licence number
    • full legal name as it appears on the Safe Food for Canadians licence
    • physical site address associated with the unique establishment identifier as it appears on the Safe Food for Canadians licence
    • indicate the type of activity (gelatine and/or collagen) the establishment
    • indicate the animal species (bovine, porcine, ovine, fish, etc.) if necessary
    • describe the type of material, for example: bone or skin
    • any other relevant information

Procedure for approval and recommendation

See European Union (EU) – Requirements for the export of gelatine and collagen intended for human consumption

Note: specify on the approval forms that the request is for the UK.


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3. Production controls and inspection requirements

The inspector must verify during a preventive control inspection that the manufacturer is aware of the standards and requirements of the EU and has a specific export procedure in place. This procedure must contains the following elements in particular:

  • reference to relevant GB regulations
  • how the manufacturer follows changes in the GB legislation
  • comparison of GB regulations/standards/parameters with those of Canada
  • the procedure to be followed in the event of a difference between the regulations/standards/parameters of the GB and those of Canada in order to ensure that the product meets the requirements of the GB
  • the corrective and preventive actions to be considered in the event of non-compliance

See also European Union (EU) – Requirements for the export of gelatine and collagen intended for human consumption

4. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements

Exported products depending on their final destination (Great Britain and/or Northern Ireland) mainly must meet certain packaging and labelling requirements. The exporter must work closely with the importer to ensure the compliance of their products.

5. Required documents

Canada does not have negotiated certificates with Great Britain.

The export health certificate below covers products exported to Great Britain (GB) including England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. References to EU legislation within this certificate are references to direct EU legislation which has been retained in Great Britain (retained EU law as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018).

As a manufacturer/exporter and in order to facilitate the certification process, it is important that you are familiar with the content of Parts I and II of the UK model certificates including the notes in Part III. All health certificates of GB are published on the website gov.uk.

It's the responsibility of the applicant to choose model health certificate that corresponds to the product intended for export and to provide the information entered in Part I. Details of dispatched consignment of the certificate.

Part II. Certification, must be completed by an official veterinarian in collaboration with the official inspector. However, some information will have to be provided by the applicant in order for Part II to be completed if applicable.

Official health certificates shall be completed according to the guidance provided at How to complete a health certificate for export to Great Britain, as well as the notes on the export certificates.

If a container is used to ship the products, it is mandatory that the exporter provides the container and seal number in Part I: Details of dispatched consignment.


  • Health certificate for placing on the market of gelatine intended for human consumption from (GEL) GBHC430. (CFIA/ACIA FA1036)
  • Health certificate for placing on the market of collagen intended for human consumption from (COL) GBHC431. (CFIA/ACIA FA1037)


  • references to Great Britain in this certificate include the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • the certificate CFIA/ACIA FA1037 may also be used for exporting collagen casings
  • the health certificates are signed by the official veterinarian after having read and understood the notes in Part III
  • ensure that the certificate issued by the CFIA does not contain Part III. Notes for completion the certificates
  • export certificates cannot be issued after the products have left Canada

6. Additional information

Exported products transiting through a third country may require transit documentation. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the shipment will be accompanied by all necessary certificates. Please work closely with your importer.

Samples (personal or commercial) of products may be subject to the same requirements as a regular shipment. A special import permit could be required. It is strongly recommended that the exporter verify these requirements with their importer and/or with the border control post where the products will be shipped.