In order to transfer food of animal origin in the Republic of Cyprus one needs to obtain a license by the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The Veterinary Services grants a license to transfer food of animal origin only in cases where:
- the specifications and conditions of the “For the Hygienic production of food of animal origin and placing on the market and for other relative matters Law”, L.150(I) / 2003 are fulfilled;
- the transportation is performed with vehicles having refrigerators that fulfill the requirements of Chapter IV of Annex II of the Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 and the requirements of Chapter VII of Department I of Annex III of the Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004;
- the products carried are accompanied with the relevant documents;
- during transportation, the cold chain of the products is not interrupted under any circumstances and the transportation temperature is the correct one.
The application for obtaining a license for transferring food of animal origin can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Tel: +357 22805208/22805167
Fax: +357 22805139
The registration fee is €50 and can be paid either by cash or cheque;
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within three weeks from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted;
Additionally, an on the spot inspection by the District Veterinary Office is carried out in order to examine the vehicle’s compliance with the requirements of the Regulation. Thus, the Officer recommends the issuance of the vehicle license and the duration of time;
The license does not expire.
Obligations and Supervision
Authorised transporters must comply with the provisions of the Law Regulating the Hygiene of the Production and Distribution to the market of Food of Animal Origin, as periodically being ammended or replaced.