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European Union (EU) - Export requirements for raw materials and treated raw materials for the production of gelatine and collagen intended for human consumption

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1. Eligible/ineligible product

Gelatine and collagen can be produced from the skins and bones of different animal species (bovines, swine, fish, etc.).

EU 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).



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


Raw materials and treated raw martials for the production gelatine and collagen products must come from an establishment licensed under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR). Under Section 5 of the Regulation (EU) No 852/2004, EU legislation requires that processing facilities apply a self-regulated program for the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.

The establishments must appear on the appropriate establishment list administered by the Directorate-General of Health and Food Safety (DG-SANTE). The third countries lists are available on the EU website for Third Country Establishments - List per Country. Please click on "Canada" to see the following associated documents under "Food":

To request inclusion on any of the EU approval lists, please submit the following information to your local CFIA office:

Note : all additions, amendments and deletions will be forwarded to the EU for approval. The approval process takes approximately 3 months, but time frames may vary depending upon circumstances beyond the control of the CFIA. The inspector will submit the request following the Operational procedure: Procedure for maintaining food export eligibility lists.

Procedure for approval and recommendation

Before going to the facility for the inspection approval, inspectors must examine the forms (appendices A and B) that were already sent to the district office and familiarize themselves with the checklist (appendix C) for the inspection.

Appendix A: approved Supplier Form for raw material and treated raw material for the production of gelatine and collagen for human consumption to be exported to EU.

Appendix B: processing Method Form for the production of gelatine and collagen or for treated raw material for the production of gelatine and collagen for human consumption to be exported to EU.

Refer to the applicable checklist (appendix C) and the appropriate EU regulations mentioned below in section 6 additional information.

The inspector must use the appendix C - Checklist for the inspection and the approval of facilities that produce raw materials and treated raw material for the production of gelatine and collagen for human consumption to be exported to the EU. RDIMS: 9007543 (internal use only).

A copy of the completed checklist (appendix C) and of all the required forms (appendices A and B) must be sent to the designated contact in the CFIA regional office for recommendation of approval. This person will need to review all the provided documentation to ensure that the facility's approval is in accordance with the EU regulations. They will then send the documentation to the Food Import/Export Division in Ottawa.

Where a checklist item is not applicable, please provide an explanation. The form must be completed legibly.

Copies of the inspection documents must be kept at the district office.

The facility will not be approved to export to the EU until the designated contact for the recommendation of approval in the CFIA regional office has reviewed the inspection results and provided approval.

Once the approval is given, the EU export eligibility begins on the date of recommendation of approval and when the establishment is on the EU list.

3. Production controls and inspection requirements

The inspector must verify during a preventive control inspection that the establishment is aware of the standards and requirements of the EU and has a specific export procedure in place.

The processing method must be documented and monitored. A production diagram must be provided, including Critical Control Points (CCPs). The CFIA inspector must ensure that what occurs on location corresponds to the production diagram.

Animal products for human consumption must come from animals that have passed an ante- and post-mortem examinations by a veterinarian in slaughterhouses which are under full-time inspection.



The natural, soluble protein, gelling or non-gelling, obtained by the partial hydrolysis of collagen produced from animal bones, hides and skins, tendons and sinews.


The protein-based product derived from animal bones, hides, skins and tendons.

Treated raw material

Raw materials which have undergone a transformation process as specified in the corresponding export certificate (CFIA/ACIA 5892).

Raw material
  1. bones, other than specified risk materials as defined in article 3(1)(g) of Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  2. hides and skins of farmed ruminant animals
  3. pig skins
  4. poultry skin
  5. tendons and sinews
  6. wild game hides and skins; and
  7. fish skin and bones

The use of hides and skins is prohibited if they have undergone any tanning process, regardless of whether this process was completed.

Raw materials listed in point (a) to (e) must be derived from animals which have been slaughtered in a slaughterhouse and whose carcasses have been found fit for human consumption following ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection or, in the case of hides and skins from wild game, found fit for human consumption.

Raw material from aquatic animals intended for human consumption must come from federally inspected fish establishments.

Specific risk material

As defined in annex V of EU Regulation No 999-2001.

Import conditions

Please refer to the specific health attestation on the respective certificates available in TRACES or in the implementing Regulation (EU) (2020/2235).

4. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to meet all the requirements for labelling, packaging and marking requirements as per the importing country.

5. Export documents available upon request


It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that issued the certificate issued meets the requirements of the entry border control post (BCP)/Member state of destination in terms of official language.

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 EU model certificates.

The export certificate will be issued through TRACES. The applicant must select the EU model certificate that corresponds to the product intended for export and complete Part I. Please note that the applicant is responsible for the details entered in Part I of the certificate. In addition, the applicant will need to include the EU reference IMSOC number (Box I.2.a of Part I of the certificate) with their export request in order for the CFIA to retrieve the certificate in TRACES.

Part II must be completed by an official veterinarian or official inspector, depending on the case. However, some information will have to be provided by the applicant in order for Part II to be completed, if applicable. This information should be provided in the form of a manufacturer's declaration when applying for an export certificate.

These animal health/official certificates shall be completed according to the notes for the completion of certificates provided for in Chapter 4 of annex I to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2235.

For more information about TRACES, please refer to the CFIA web page Exporting food and animal products to the European Union.


When the products for export to the EU were legally imported into Canada, the certifying veterinarians must ensure:

Export certificates cannot be issued after the products have left Canada.

6. Additional information

Links to the EU regulation:

Please ensure that you are using the most up-to-date/consolidated version. See EUR-Lex, the official and most comprehensive online access point to the EU legal documents.

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