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Identification of Horses

Horses must have correct identification, which implies that the horse is identified by a transponder, has a passport issued by an approved organization. and is registered in a database. New rules applying from January 1, 2016.

​Horses must be identified according to Regulation 2015/262 EU and the Danish Statutory Legislation Order no. 1398 of 2 December 2015 on identification of equidae.

Horses shall be identified before the age of 12 month or if they leave the place of birth permanent within 12 month from the date of birth.

Correct identification implies that the horse is identified by a transponder and has a passport issued by an approved organisation. In addition, the horse must be registered in the national Danish database.

The passport must have medical pages inserted in such a way that the passport is indivisible. The passport must always accompany the horse.

Information on issuing bodies in Denmark can be found here (in Danish)

Exclusion from consumption
Horses which haven´t been identified within the time limit will be excluded from human consumption.

A horse will also be excluded from human consumption if treated with certain medical drugs. Furthermore, the horse can be excluded from consumption according to the wish of the owner. When excluded due to medical treatment, the veterinarian and the owner must sign the medical page of the passport. When exclusion is purely due to the wish of the owner, the owner himself signs the medical page. Exclusion from consumption taking place after  1st of January 2016 must be reported to the issuing body.  

Exclusion is final and cannot be reversed.

Horses, which are excluded from human consumption, cannot be sent to slaughter.

Methods for identity verification
Hot branding is forbidden in Denmark, and Denmark has not authorized any alternative methods for identity verification.

Certain changes have to be reported
Changes taking place after 1. January 2016 regarding ownership, the identification of the horse, the status as intended for human consumption or changes regarding the status as registered horse/horse for breeding and production  must be reported to the issuing body or SEGES; Horses within 30 days.

Exclusion from human consumption due to medical treatment has to be reported within 15 days of the day of treatment.

Death of the horse
When the horse dies other than by slaughter or the horse disappears, the owner shall return the passport to the issuing body or to SEGES, Horses within 30 days. It is possible to have the passport returned when the death of the horse is registered in the database and the passport has been invalidated.

Horses being imported into Denmark
Within 30 days of the date of completion of the customs procedure, the owner of the horse must apply for an identification document or for registration of an existing identification document in the Danish national database. Applications should be sent to the appropriate issuing body or SEGES, Horses.

The Danish contact point is:
SEGES, Horses
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus N

Last Modified 25. February 2019