The Equine Identification Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 67

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

European Communities



27 th March 2019

Coming into operation

29 th March 2019

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs(1) is designated(2) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(3) (“the 1972 Act”) in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Union.

The Department makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of, and paragraph 1 A of Schedule 2 to the 1972 Act(4).

PART 1 Introduction

Citation and commencement

  1. These Regulations may be cited as The Equine Identification Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 and, shall come into operation on 29 th March 2019.


  2. —(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 shall apply to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

    (2) In these Regulations—

    “authorised officer” means any person authorised by the Department to enforce these Regulations;

    “Commission Implementing Regulation” means Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2015/262(5) (laying down rules pursuant to Council Directives 90/427/EEC(6) and 2009/156/EC(7) as regards the methods for the identification of equidae (Equine Passport Regulation)) as amended from time to time;

    “the Department” means the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs;

    “horse” means wild or domesticated solipeds within the genus Equus of the family Equidae, and their crosses;

    “issuing body” means an issuing body in accordance with the Commission Implementing Regulation;

    “passport” means an identification document for the identification of a horse in accordance with the Commission Implementing Regulation;

    “veterinary surgeon” means a person registered as such under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966(8).

    (3) Any reference in these Regulations to a numbered Article is a reference to the Article so numbered in the Commission Implementing Regulation.

    (4) Expressions used both in these Regulations and in the Commission Implementing Regulation shall have the same meaning in these Regulations as they have in the Commission Implementing Regulation.

    PART 2 Administrative and procedural provisions and requirements

    Competent Authority for the Commission Implementing Regulation

  3. The Department is the competent authority for the purposes of the Commission Implementing Regulation.

    Identification of horses

  4. A person must not keep a horse unless it is identified in accordance with the Commission Implementing Regulation and these Regulations.

    Transfer of ownership of horses

  5. —(1) A person who transfers the ownership of a horse to another person (the “transferee”) must give its passport to the transferee at the time of the transfer.

    (2) Before the end of the period of 30 days beginning with the day on which the transfer took effect, the transferee must —

    (a) notify the issuing body of —

    (i) the transfer of ownership; and

    (ii) the transferee’s name, address and contact details; and

    (b) send the passport for the horse concerned to the issuing body.

    Application for passports

  6. —(1) In accordance with Article 3(3) and Article 11(1) it is the responsibility of the owner of a horse located in a holding in Northern Ireland to ensure that an application for a passport is submitted to an issuing body on or before the date set out in paragraph (2).

    (2) The date is the last day of the period of 6 months beginning with the day on which the horse was born.

    Provision of information to an issuing body

  7. The keeper must provide to the issuing body all information necessary to allow the body to complete an existing passport for the purposes of Article 15(2) , subject to Article 15(3) , so that it complies with the requirements...

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