Risk categorisation for CHED-D products

The UK and the EU

The amendments regarding risk categorisation for CHED-D products (Common Health Entry Documents for high-risk food not of animal origin – i.e. the retained EU Regulation 2019/1793) have recently been published and will come into force on the 7th March 2024.

The current list of high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin (HRFNAO) will be amended from 7th March 2024.

Some background information can be found here

Why were these changes introduced?

The regulation has been amended to reflect the changes to hazards affecting imported food to ensure the safety of consumers.

To view the latest changes please click here.

Below is an overview of (new) products that have now been categorised as medium and / or high-risk products. For these products, importers will need to submit CHED-Ds (and any other required documentation such as health certificates) when bringing them into Great Britain if they have an arrival date in the UK of 7th March 2024 or after:

  • Enoki mushrooms from China
  • Granadilla (Passiflora ligularis) and passion fruit from Colombia
  • Bananas from Ecuador
  • Oranges from Egypt
  • Vine leaves from Egypt
  • Peppers from India for pesticides
  • Cinnamon and cinnamon-tree flowers from India
  • Cloves (whole fruit, cloves and stems) from India
  • Drumsticks (Moringa oleifera) from India
  • Ginger, saffron, turmeric (Curcuma), thyme, bay leaves, curry and other spices from India
  • Nutmeg, mace and cardamons from India
  • Seeds of anise, badian, fennel, coriander, cumin or caraway, and juniper berries from India
  • Rice from India
  • Melon seeds from Iran
  • Hot peppers (Capsicum spp.) from Kenya
  • Cow peas (Vigna unguiculata subspp.) from Madagascar
  • Rice from Pakistan
  • Enoki mushrooms from South Korea
  • Sesame seeds (Sesamum) from Syria
  • Tahini and halva from Sesamum seeds from Syria

Which products have been removed from the list or moved to a lower risk profile?

From 7 March 2024 – Hazelnuts from Turkey have been removed from the list and therefore no longer require CHED-Ds and / or health checks upon entry into the UK.

Furthermore, Pitahaya (dragon fruit) from Vietnam has been moved to a lower risk profile. Although CHED-Ds are still required to be submitted, shipments departing from Vietnam from 7 March 2024 onward will no longer require health certificates or test reports.

Which products have been moved to a higher risk profile?

In contrast, Spice mixes from Pakistan have been moved to a higher risk profile. CHED-Ds were already required to be submitted, but shipments departing from Pakistan from 7 March 2024 onward will now also require original health certificates and copies of test results to be submitted to port health along with CHED-Ds.

Finally, it has been announced that the scope of controls for groundnuts has been extended to include groundnut paste from certain countries.

How you can prepare for these changes:

Review your product portfolios

Ensure that the CHED-D and any other required documentation is obtained and available.

Update the details on the Master Data tab in the import declaration template.

Please let us know if you need our support to review the current master data table and / or update the master data table for these changes per 7 March 2024.

You can also contact us if you have any questions and / or would like a call to discuss this in more detail.