SHIFT system

SHIFT system

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about SHIFT system


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SHIFT system

The SHIFT system has been set up to computerise veterinary procedures for animals and animal products being imported into the European Union.

Document or Iniciative

Council Decision 92/438/EEC of 13 July 1992 on computerisation of veterinary import procedures (Shift project), amending Directives 90/675/EEC, 91/496/EEC and 91/628/EEC, Decision 90/424/EEC, and repealing Decision 88/192/EEC [See amending acts]


In view of the considerable progress made towards the harmonisation of the veterinary sector, further measures should be taken for the computerization of veterinary import procedures.

These new measures are all the more necessary now that checks at internal borders have been abolished.

This Decision provides for measures for the computerization of veterinary procedures comprising:

  • an information procedure in cases where an official veterinarian at a border inspection post rejects a consignment;
  • databases containing full information on Community import requirements for animals and products.

The equipment used at border inspection posts may be that used in connection with the ANIMO system.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 92/438/EEC


OJ L 243 of 25.08.1992

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 806/2003


OJ L 122 of 16.05.2003

Related Acts

Commission Decision 2003/623/EC of 19 August 2003 concerning the development of an integrated computerised veterinary system known as Traces [Official Journal L 216 of 28.08.2003].

The Community shall set up a computer system integrating the functions of the ANIMO and SHIFT systems into a single architecture. The budget available to the Commission for this amounts to EUR 300 000.

Decision 97/394/EC [Official Journal L 164 of 21.06.1997].

Commission Decision of 6 June 1997 establishing the minimum data required for the databases on animals and animal products brought into the Community.

Decision 97/152/EC [Official Journal L 59 of 28.02.1997].

Commission Decision of 10 February 1997 concerning the information to be entered in the computerised file of consignments of animals or animal products from third countries which are re-dispatched.

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