Passports are used to:
An equine passport must always remain with the equine. This includes:
Managed by the Equine Register on behalf of Defra, the CED was established to create a more robust and enforceable equine identification (equine passport) system after EU member states endorsed proposals for stronger regulations. The CED holds over 1.2 million equine records from the 81 UK PIOs and all equines who live in the UK are legally required to be registered. You can manage all your horse's CED records by registering for a free Digital Stable account.
Not sure your horse is registerd? You can check if any horse is on the CED using the 'Chipchecker' facility on Equine Register's website.
All information updated by the BEF during a passport update is transferred automatically to CED.
All horses, ponies, and donkeys, with very few exceptions, must have a passport regardless of whether they travel or not. This is stated in the following regulations:
You should apply for an equine passport within six months of birth, or by 31 December on the year of the foal’s birth, whichever is later.
Please note: the requirement to register a horse is governed by the location of the PIO to whom the owner submits an application.
An equine passport may be issued by two types of Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO)...
A list of PIOs can found on Defra’s website.
The microchipping law came into effect in June 2018 to help tackle abuse and improve animal welfare. All equines will need to be microchipped by law according to the timeline below, which varies slightly according to the location of the PIO to which your horse is registered:
England: 1 October 2020
Scotland: 28 March 2021
Wales: 12 February 2021
Civil sanctions can be applied, in addition to criminal sanctions, for failing to comply with these deadlines. Civil sanctions mean that anyone not complying by the deadline may be liable for a compliance notice, which may lead to a fixed penalty notice and a fine.
CED will allow local authorities and police to track down the owners, if an equine is found that has been lost, dumped, or stolen.
Microchips must be implanted by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
A UK compliant passport should include the following pages:
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