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Pet movement: Conditions for non-commercial pet movements harmonised
Pet movement: Conditions for non-commercial pet movements harmonised


Since July 2004 the conditions for the non-commercial movement of pet animals have become harmonised under Regulation (EC) 998/2003.


The Regulation lays down the animal health requirements for both the movement of pets between Member States and from third countries, including a 5 year transitional derogation for dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK, Ireland, Finland, Sweden and Malta from other Member States. This derogation has subsequently been extended until July 2010. Currently the Commission is working on an impact assessment on the Regulation, setting out the effects of the current rules and looking at options for the future once the derogation expires. The newest consolidated version of the Regulation can now be found on the DG Sanco website: Link