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Regarding the Standard Procedure for Approval for Import of Designated Items to Be Quarantined

Updated on: March 26th 2015

In charge: Animal Health Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau

The import of animals and animal products (designated items to be quarantined) requires the establishment of necessary measures such as setting animal health requirements based on risk assessment on whether animal infectious diseases can be introduced into Japan due to the import of such items, taking into account the veterinary service and the animal infectious disease status of the exporting country. The SPS Agreement (Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures), an Annex to the WTO Agreement, provides that the establishment of the measures related to animal health require appropriate risk assessment and to be based on international standards. The main issue is how to secure the consistency between the established measures and the international standards formulated by the World Organization of Animal Health (the OIE Code), and how to secure the transparency of assessment processes.

On the basis of these situations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) established the “Standard Procedure for Approval for Import of Designated Items into Japan to Be Quarantined” (hereinafter referred to as “Standard Procedure”) in March 2008, and started publishing the progress of import requests.

Standard Procedure