CFA’s DG Karin Goodburn established and chairs the SPS Certification Working Group, which comprises food and feed trade associations, hauliers, farmers, port health, and veterinary and environmental health professional organisations, working together to minimise post-Brexit trade friction in Export Health Certificate (EHC)/SPS products between GB and the EU/NI by identifying issues and proposing solutions to Government and its Agencies.

The total value to the UK economy of the members of the Working Group is well in excess of £100bn per annum.

Download our 25 Jan 2024 letter to Defra Secretary of State Steve Barclay – Outstanding BTOM issues impacting GB biosecurity and food security

Download the WG’s June 2021 Report: Minimising Friction in SPS Trade

Download the Working Group’s June 2021 Report: Minimising Friction in SPS Trade

Download the WG’s March 2023 submission to the Trade and Business Commission

SPS Certification WG Press Releases:

23 February 2022 Brexit Red Tape Costs Food Businesses £60 million in 12 Months – Veterinary Agreement with EU Required Urgently

10 June 2021 Urgent Call For New Veterinary Agreement As Restrictions Cause Sharp Drop In British Exports To The EU And Threatens The Viability Of UK Business

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Members of the SPS Certification Working Group include:

Agricultural Industries Confederation
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Association of Independent Meat Suppliers
British Frozen Food Federation
British Meat Processors Association
British Poultry Council
British Veterinary Association
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Chilled Food Association
Cold Chain Federation
Council for Responsible Nutrition UK
Dairy UK
Fresh Produce Consortium
Foodchain and Biomass Renewables Association
Health Food Manufacturers Association
International Meat Trade Association
National Farmers Union of England and Wales
Nut and Dried Fruit Trade Association
Packaging Federation
Proprietary Association of Great Britain
Provision Trade Federation
Rice Association
Road Haulage Association
Scottish Salmon
Specialist Cheesemakers Association
The Association of Port Health Authorities
The Shellfish Association of Great Britain
UK Flour Millers

UK Pet Food

Updated 25/1/24