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Bullet points of discussion taking place at the meetingon 30 May 2019 at Pavoa de Varzim, Portgual

  1. COM in agreement with COM Turkey and COM Spain decided to swap dates of the world show: 2021 to Spain and 2022 to Turkey, this is to allow more time for the veterinary authorities to find a solution for the return of birds from Turkey to Europe.
  2. EU regulations 576/2013 regarding movement of birds from non-EU countries, is now valid until end December 2026.
  3. All countries have to adopt all these regulations by beginning of 2036.
  4. Important point of these regulations is that all birdkeepers must have a registered holding with their veterinary authorities.
  5. We have to contact our veterinary authorities, and point out to them that they have to start now to adopt these regulations.
  6. The decision to allow participation of countries outside the EU to bird show is taken solely by the authorities of the country holding the event.
  7. The current regulations regarding non-EU countries can be found on the first pages of the regulations book, these are valid until 31 December 2019, this date is a result of 2 three yearly extensions, it is possible that the Commission will extend it once more as it has done in the past.
  8. It is hoped that these will not be extended at the end of this year, and this is the case, there will no longer be a problem for countries outside Europe to participate at international events.
  9. For the Portugal 2020 World Show, the authorities have decided to accept birds from outside the EU with the same conditions of 2016. All birds coming from countries outside the EU have to be quarantined for 30 days by the owner, unless there is a separate agreement by the country with the EU authorities.

The meeting proceeded in English with simultaneous translation in French made by the new president of COM France.

It was also announced that following Brexit, the UK listed status application has been agreed by EU Member States after it met the animal health and biosecurity assurances required for a third country to export live animals and animal products.

There are no changes to the guidance for exporters. To export live animals to the EU the consignment will need to:

Apply for an EHC (Export Health Certificate)

Have the EHC signed by an authorised signatory, i.e. by an OV (Official Veterinarian) following an inspection of the consignment.

The consignment has to be accompanied by the original EHC and the self-certification by the breeder with the registered holding, and email a copy to your EU importer or agent to enable them to pre-notify the EU Border Inspection Post (BIP).

We must advise all our members to register their holdings with the veterinarian authorities with urgency to allow them to participate at event is the EU.

Simon Tammam

UK Delegate at the meeting

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The exective IOA committee wish to report the passing after a short battle with illness of member COM/OMJ Judge Brian Hogg on the 31st May 2019.They offer their condolences to his wife and family



The Executive committee have decided the time is right for IOA members who have put a life times work into the IOA and the hobby should be rewarded. Our honoured members names will now go onto the ORDER OF MERIT shield. Each member will be given their own bespoke glassware which is theirs to keep.

To start the Merit shield off twelve members were put forward and all their work and achievements were discussed and agreed by the committee. Some have been in the hobby for over 60 years and have been with the IOA from the start in 1955.

For achievements to the British Bird world our first name is Bob Partridge, his knowledge makes him just about the most experience person in the UK and he is one of the few people still alive to have helped DEFRA with the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. A great person, a “Breeder of a diverse range of both European and Foreign birds many of which are now not seen in aviculture, and also a BBC delegate.”

Breaking News – Annual Leave

From the 1st of January 2019  to the 21st of January 2019 the IOA  offices will be closed as we will be at the World Show in Holland.

No orders will be sent out until the 21st January.

Important Notice

Apologies, due to a small number of members actions we will only ship items to members when funds are confirmed as cleared.
Please note – if you require rings quickly then the fastest payment method is debit card.

Breaking News 19th March 2018 – Draft Licensing for Bird Keepers

Important recently received draft documentation, it is important that you read the 2 documents below and send your comments back to me A Robinson –

This licensing is due to come into force in October 2018, it is to be placed before parliament on the 5th April 2018. Your comments are urgently required before this date.

Selling Animals as Pets Final 12.3 (1)

Animal Exhibits Defra Guidance 1.2.18


DEFRA and APHA Organogram

The information is linked below in PDF format.

DEFRA and APHA Organogram 02.01.18

CSUG Meeting Minutes – Tuesday 7th November 2017

CITES Sustainable Users Group (CSUG) Meeting

11am-1pm, 7 November 2017, Rm G1, Horizon House, Bristol



Drew Bain (Guild of Taxidermists)

Steven Beadle (IOA)

Elizabeth Biott (Defra)

Sophie Bird (APHA)

Proposed New License Charges For Non-Schedule 3 Birds

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