ISBN 0 7559 1113 X (Web only publication)
The Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 which came in to force on 16 May 2005, revokes and replaces the existing Horse Passports Order 1997 (as amended). This legislative change is necessary in order to implement Commission Decision 2000/68/ EC, the objective being to prevent horses, which have been administered with medicines that have not been authorised for use in food producing animals, being slaughtered for human consumption. The new Regulations will be more extensive in their scope than the 1997 Order in that they require all equines to be accompanied by a passport.
All horses in Scotland which were born before 16 May 2005 should have passports in place before 16 August 2005. Any that do not will be subject to movement restrictions. Full details of these restrictions and timetables for obtaining horse passports are contained in the Horse Passports: Guidance for all horse owners. The Guidance also explains how to obtain a horse passport. ( This Guidance is also available in PDF format)
Further information on any point contained in the Guidance can be obtained from Animal Health and Welfare (Tel: 0131 244 6174).