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Commission Decision of 12 November 1997 laying down certain detailed rules for the application of Council Directive 91/496/EEC as regards veterinary checks on live animals to be imported from third countries (Text with EEA relevance) (97/794/EC)

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Article 6

1.For each consignment, the official veterinarian of the border inspection post shall provide to the person concerned an authenticated copy of the original veterinary certificate(s) or other original veterinary documents) accompanying the consignment, together with the certificate as laid down in Decision 92/527/EEC. They must be annotated with the serial certificate number given to the consignment by the border inspection post.

2.The official veterinarian shall retain the original veterinary certificate(s) or original veterinary documents) accompanying the consignment as well as a copy of the certificate as laid down in Decision 92/527/EEC.

3.For each consignment, the following information shall be recorded and kept at the border inspection post:

  • the serial certificate number given to the consignment concerned by the border inspection post,

  • the date of arrival of the consignment concerned at the border inspection post,

  • the size of the consignment,

  • the species and category of use of the animals, and age where applicable,

  • the reference number of the certificate,

  • the third country of origin,

  • the Member State of destination,

  • the decision concerning the consignment,

  • reference to sampling where carried out.

4.In the case of registered equidae, as referred to in Article 2 (c) of Council Directive 90/426/EEC(1), the identification document shall not be retained, and in the particular case of temporary admission of those equidae the original health certificate shall not be retained.

5.In the case of equidae for slaughter which are intended to pass through a market or marshalling centre, the certificate as laid down in Decision 92/527/EEC, as well as an authenticated copy of the original health certificate, must accompany the equidae to the slaughterhouse.

6.All veterinary certificates or other veterinary document relating to consignments which have been rejected at the border inspection post must be stamped on each page with the word ‘REJECTED’ in red as laid down in Annex III.

7.The official veterinarian shall retain the certificates or other veterinary documents accompanying the consignment, the copy of the certificate as laid down in Decision 92/527/EEC and the records referred to in Article 4 of this Decision and paragraph 3 of this Article for at least three years.

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