Legislation was introduced in England on 1st October 2018, in Wales on 12th February 2019 and in Scotland on 28th March 2019 which makes it compulsory for all equines to be implanted with a microchip whereas previously this only applied to equines born after 1st July 2009.
Older equines have to be implanted with a microchip by 1st October 2020 in England, 12th February 2021 in Wales and by 26th March 2021 in Scotland regardless of where the passport issuing organisation is based.
This change has been made principally to make it easier to trace the owners of abandoned equines, and to help reunite owners with animals that have been stolen.
All equine passport information is now loaded to the Scottish Equine Database (SED) (for equines resident in Scotland) and the Central Equine Database (CED). It will therefore be possible to identify anyone who has not complied with this change. Whether or not this will actually be done will be up to the relevant local Trading Standards body who are responsible for enforcing equine passport regulations.
Where a failure to comply is detected, in the first instance a compliance notice will be issued. Continued failure to comply may result in escalation of sanctions to a fine of up to a maximum of £200.
The Society must be informed when a microchip is implanted. As the regulator for all PIOs based in Scotland, the Scottish Govt has agreed to allow Scottish PIOs a three month trial for accepting microchip barcode updates to passports in the following way.
The digital process defined above applies to all ponies registered with a Scottish PIO regardless of where they are resident.
No one can see any reason why this should not work, and if no issues are encountered in the trial, this will be adopted as the standard process.
The Society will still accept passports sent to us for updates in the normal manner, but we'd prefer the digital process to be followed to reduce administration. To that end, the digital process will be cheaper than the paper one.
If you have any questions please contact the Registrar – Nigel McWilliam on firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the contact form on this website.