Health Certificates

Consignments of fish/fishery products and molluscan shellfish exported to third countries are accompanied by a Health Certificate. These Health Certificates are issued by the SFPA, the competent authority under Irish and European legislation, in respect of fishery products manufactured, processed or packaged in Ireland.

Health Certificates are not required when a consignment is being exported within the European Union. 

A food business operator (FBO) that requires health certificates to third countries must give reasonable notice (a minimum of two working days) to their local SFPA office to allow sufficient time for their application to be processed. Application forms for a Health Certificate and an explanatory booklet may be obtained from your local SFPA port office or downloaded from the links below. Completed application forms should be sent to the relevant local port office.

Related documents

Changes to Ireland’s Generic Export Health Certificates for Fishery Products and Live Bivalve Molluscs
Download Health Certificate Application Form (PDF)
Download Health Certificate Application Form (Word)
Information Notice to the Trade

Queries regarding Health Certificates may be emailed to

Certificates of Origin

Certificates of Origin may also be required in addition to the SFPA Health Certificate.  The Certificate of Origin certifies that the products in question have originated in the Republic of Ireland. An application for this certificate should be made to the relevant local port office.

A specific version of the Certificate of Origin is also available for exports to the People’s Republic of China on application from the local SFPA office.

Radionuclide certificates

Radionuclide testing is provided by the Office of Radiological Protection (ORP) within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ORP run a product certification scheme whereby they provide private testing for radionuclide parameters, including Caesium – 137 and Strontium – 90. The EPA issues certificates to show that the radioactivity content of Irish foodstuffs and other produce are below the requirements of the importing country.


Radiation Monitoring
Office of Radiological Protection
Environmental Protection Agency
3 Clonskeagh Square
Clonskeagh Road
Dublin 14

Tel: 01 268 0100 / 206 6943
Fax: 01 268 0199

Information on radioactivity monitoring in the Irish environment is available on the EPA website, in the publications section. The radioactivity monitoring reports provide information on a wide range of food and environmental materials including seafood.

What information is available?

For any enquiries regarding exports to other third countries, please email


Exports of Fishery Products to Other Third Countries

Exporters of fish nd fish products may need certain certification when dealing with other third countries.