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European Union (EU) - Export requirements for composite products

Commission Decision 2007/275/EC defines a composite product (CP) as a foodstuff intended for human consumption that contains both processed products of animal origin and products of plant origin and include those where the processing of primary product is an integral part of the production of the final product.

Eligible/ineligible product

EU export certificates for CPs refer to a list of HS code(s). This list is non exhaustive. CPs containing meat products are currently not affected by this directive. Also, additional certification may be required for processed products of animal origin (PPAO) (example honey, gelatin, snails, etc.) other than those on the current EU CP certificate. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the product being exported will be covered by the certificates issued by the CFIA.



Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country


Production controls and inspection requirements

Manufacturer's certificate

Microbiological requirements

Imported ingredients of animal origin

Particular requirements of certain composite products

Canadian or imported ingredients of animal origin used in the manufacture of a CP that requires an export certificate must meet the requirements as described on the model health certificate of the EU for CPs. To this end, it is important to refer to the health information in the Annex I of the Regulation (EU) No 28/2012 of the Commission as well as to the Decision 2007/275 of the Commission which provide important details on the following:

Composite products in transit by the EU

CPs for which the final destination is a third country and that transit through the EU or stored in its territory, must come from a country authorized to export to the EU and be accompanied by the transit export certificate of the EU.

Export documents available upon request

The certificate models are not available in all the languages of the member states of the Union. The CFIA may add other certificate models in additional languages of the Union as required. A reasonable delay is to be expected. However, a member state could accept a certificate which is not issued in its official language. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the certificate issued meets the requirements of the border control post (BCP)/member state of destination in terms of official language.


Additional information

Samples (personal or commercial) of composite products may be subject to the same requirements as regular shipment. It is strongly recommended that the exporter verify these requirements with his importer and / or at the EU border inspection post where the products will be shipped.

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