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New Minimum Operating Standards for UK approved Passport Issuing Organisations now in force

Members should be made aware of the new Minimum operating standards for UK approved Passport Issuing Organisations, which are now operational (as from 1st February 2014). The key changes relate to reporting of possible fraud and breaches of the law, with key points highlighted below (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Any application for registration received later that the 31st December in the animal’s year of birth or within 6 months of birth (whichever is later), will need to be reported to Trading Standards
  • Any notification of a transfer of ownership received after 30 days of the transfer, will need to be notified to Trading Standards
  • Any notification of a death of an animal received after 30 days of it passing will need to be notified to Trading Standards
  • Any suspected tampering or fraud to a Passport has to be reported to Trading Standards
  • All Passports issued to animals with no Section IX (1999-2004) are invalid and the Society has to write to these to recall the Passport and issue a new one within 6 weeks; the Society will cover the cost should the Passport be returned within the 6 weeks, however if these are not received until after 6 weeks, the owner will need to pay for the new Passport and will also be reported to Trading Standards
  • All applications for registration have to be processed within 15 working days (subject to there being no queries)
  • All transfers of ownership need to be recorded and returned within 10 working days (subject to no queries)
  • It is likely that in future, the Society will need to invest in a riveting machine as a means of securely binding passports

 

Full information on the new legislation will be provided to members in the Spring Magazine, however members are asked to heed the above changes as they could result in fines by Trading Standards or some form of action taken in cases of transgression.

 

13th Feb 2014