Approved means of identification

Identification of kept animals is regulated by Animal Health Law (EU) 2016/429. For certain animal species for which it is important to be able to trace individual animals or groups, a physical means of identification is required. This entails the animal in question being physically marked, tagged, microchipped or otherwise identified by means of a method which can be seen or detected on or in its body and which cannot easily be removed.

The means of identification must be approved by the competent authority of the Member State where the animals are identified. The means of identification approved by Finnish Food Authority can be found via the menu at the left side of the page.

If you wish to apply for approval of new means of identification, please contact Animal Welfare and Identification Unit, Finnish Food Authority, P.O. BOX 200, 00027 FINNISH FOOD AUTHORITY or kirjaamo(at)


Page last updated 8/31/2022