Guidance on re-enforced checks on seafood

Last updated:
29 November 2016
The purpose of these guidelines are to explain the interpretation and implementation of the specific procedures applying to the re-enforced checks (REC) requirements carried out on seafood, under Council Directive 97/78/EC.

This Directive sets out the veterinary procedures and requirements to be followed in order to import into or transit through the Union commercial consignments of products of animal origin. Consignments must be presented at a Border Inspection Post (BIP) to undergo veterinary checks.

Article 24 of Directive 97/78/EC sets out the basic principles required for RECs when a notification is made by a Member State through the RASFF system. This guidance will assist the understanding of the implementation and interpretation of Article 24.