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How to Register for Poultry Health Scheme

06 August 2014

UK - The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on 1 August updated the Poultry Health Scheme, which is part of protecting animal health and preventing disease, including in trade, food and farming, and wildlife and animal welfare.

Who needs to register

You must be a member of the Poultry Health Scheme (PHS) if you want to:

  • export more than 20 birds or hatching eggs to another EU member state (as long as your business meets EU animal health and welfare rules)
  • sell birds or eggs to other PHS members
  • export to countries that require compliance with EU legislation

Under the scheme you can only export live poultry and hatching eggs to another EU member state if you have held your flock for more than 6 weeks.

To export to some countries outside the EU you may also have to be a PHS member. Check the wording of the Export Health Certificate (EHC) for the destination country in question to find out if you need PHS membership.

You can find more information on the scheme in the Poultry Health Scheme Members Handbook

How to join the Poultry Health Scheme

You can join the PHS as an individual or company - you must have a registered business address. If you have several business addresses you must register each one.

Membership lasts for 1 year, and can be renewed annually.

You can withdraw from the scheme at any time, but you will not be entitled to a refund on your registration or membership fees.

There are different categories of membership, depending on your type of business. They are:

  • flock
  • hatchery
  • combined flock and hatchery

To join the PHS, contact the Specialist Service Centre at Worcester.

Poultry Health Scheme Section
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Specialist Service Centre – Business Support
Block C, Government Buildings
Whittington Road

Telephone: 0845 601 4858

Fax: 01905 768649


Find out more information on the Poultry Health Scheme by clicking here

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