Consultation on the Review of The Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011 (as amended)

Closed 27 Oct 2016

Opened 15 Sep 2016

Feedback updated 7 Sep 2017

We asked

For your views on the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order (as amended) 2011 as part of our statutory responsibility to Parliament.

You said

The overall number of responses to the consultation were supportive of the Order. Responses have ranged from suggestions on amending the Order to retaining the order as it currently stands.

We did

We are considering the responses and will be formulating a recommendation in the form of a Post Implementation Review. Once this is complete we will submit it to the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) and Reducing Regulation Committee (RRC) for their scrutiny.


Defra is carrying out a review of The Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011 (as amended by the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals (Amendment) Order 2014).  The review will fulfil our statutory commitment to Parliament to review the effectiveness of the Order in relation to its application in England.

The Order sets out the detail of how the European Union (EU) pet travel scheme Regulation (EU No. 576/2013) operates in Great Britain.

This consultation seeks views to help us gather evidence to:

  • consider if the Order has met its objectives;
  • assess whether the Order’s objectives remain appropriate; and if so
  • explore whether the Order’s objectives could be achieved in a less burdensome way.

Why your views matter

The Government’s agreed approach to developing the evidence to inform such a report is to undertake a post-implementation review (PIR).  A PIR may include an element of consultation with interested organisations and individuals to help gather evidence and information to inform the review report. 

This is why we have launched this public consultation.

What happens next

We will summarise all responses to this consultation and place this summary on our website at within three months of the consultation closing date.

We plan to lay our review report on the 2011 Order before Parliament by 31 December 2016.  The summary of responses document will also be published as a supporting annex to the review report.


  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Pet Owners
  • Pet Interest Groups
  • Pet Carriers
  • Transport Organisations
  • Veterinarians
  • Local Authorities


  • Natural environment
  • Animal diseases
  • Pets
  • Travelling with pets
  • Quarantine
  • Pet Ownership