The veterinary certificate, being a formal declaration of a veterinarian, plays an important role in the prevention and control of animal health and welfare issues and related public health issues. Veterinary certificates must be clear and reliable. For this reason FVE developed a position paper outlining the main principles of veterinary certification. The paper was published in 1998 (FVE/98/053). Now, more than 15 years later, the time had come to revise and to update the original document. The FVE Veterinary Statutory Body Working Group proposed the following 10 principles of veterinary certification.