1. Application for a health certificate must be submitted in a prescribed form which is free of charge from the Veterinary Public Health Section of the FEHD on the 43rd Floor, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong.
2. The applicant or his/her representative must submit the completed application form to the Veterinary Public Health Section in person and pay the prescribed certification fee (currently HK$7,165 per certificate as at September 2003 for each consignment of food products under one bill of lading or one airway bill).
3. The following information must be submitted along with the application:
(a) description of the product, including the exact description of the animal, poultry or fishery ingredients contained therein;
(b) a complete breakdown of the packaging and the weight of the consignment;
(c) identification marking(s);
(d) country of destination;
(e) country of origin of the animal, poultry or fishery ingredients contained in the product;
(f) names and addresses of the consignee and consignor;
(g) name and address of the food establishment in Hong Kong; and
(h) other information such as the expected date of departure, the name of the freight vessel or the flight number of the freighter (if applicable).
4. Special requirements, if any, must be stated in the application form for inclusion in the Health Certificate subject to their being ethically acceptable.
5. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all the necessary and correct information is available to the FEHD at the time of inspection, and is presented in the application form or attached thereto at the time of application.
6. Inspection of the food establishment and the manufacturing process will be made within 30 days from the date of the application. A request to cancel the inspection must be made in writing and reach the FEHD within these 30 days or the certification fee will be forfeited.
7. The Health Certificate may not be issued if the applicant is unable to provide the full details and/or the documents as may be required by the FEHD within 30 days after inspection. In addition, if the FEHD is not satisfied that the specified requirements have been met, the Health Certificate will not be issued and the certification fee will be forfeited.