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There is a new legislative requirement for all equines to be retrospectively microchipped.

Retrospective microchipping

There is a new legislative requirement for all equines to be retrospectively microchipped, for those with equines residing in England that deadline is 1st October 2020.  The date for Scottish and Welsh equine keepers has yet to be defined, but is anticipated to be the same timeframe.

What you need to do

If the equine can be identified via the silhouette in the passport you must:

1) Get your veterinary surgeon to insert a microchip into your equine

2) update the existing passport by adding the barcode microchip number and verified by the veterinary surgeon

3) send the passport to the WPCS so they can record the microchip number of the equine on the WPCS and Central Equine Databases.

If the equine has already been microchipped, but you haven’t informed the WPCS, you must send the passport to the WPCS so they can record the microchip number on the WPCS and Central Equine Databases.

The only time a replacement passport will be required is where the equine can not be identified via the silhouette, then you must:

- Get your veterinary surgeon to insert a microchip into your equine and complete the markings and microchip section of the WPCS passport application form - Please note that the WPCS cannot accept old application forms that no longer fit with our passport styles)

- Send the application form, with fee £20.50 (£15.50 for current member of the Society) and the old passport to WPCS

- The WPCS will then issue you with a replacement passport.

22nd Oct 2018