Identification of equidae

  1. International communication
  2. Organisation in Belgium 
  3.  Identification of an equine animal (in progress) 
    • What do we mean by identification?
    • When and how to have my equine animal identified?
    • Exceptions
  4. Identification document lost 
  5. Holding facility and register (in progress)
  6. Donating, selling or buying an equine animal in Belgium (in progress)
  7. Importing an equine animal into Belgium or exporting it from Belgium (in progress)
    • Movements within the European Union
    • Import
    • Export
    • Transit
  8. End of life (in progress)
  9. Veterinarians (in progress)
    • Identifiers
    • Transponder
    • Use of veterinary medicinal products
    • Vade mecum
  10. Tariffs (in progress)
  11. Rules and regulations (in progress)

Identification of equidae


International communication

Database of Belgium : HorseID  

Article 111 of Regulation (EU) 2016/42


Contact point for the Belgian equidae identification database (HorseID) 

  • The competent authority responsible for HorseID data is:

FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
Avenue Galilée
1210 Brussels

  • The delegated body in charge of managing HorseID is :

La Confédération Belge du Cheval asbl
Belgicastraat 9/3
1930 Zaventem
Email :
Website : (in French and Dutch only)

The identification documents for equidae born in Belgium are issued and delivered

  • by the "Confédération belge du Cheval" (and its two regional wings CWBC - UELN 056021 and PPV - UELN 056022) for equidae not intended to be entered in a breeding book;

Please note that a breed society located in another Member State may be authorised to establish (and deliver) a detailed identification document for an equine animal born in Belgium provided that:

  • it has been authorised to extend its activity on Belgian soil; and
  • it has signed a contract with the FPS Health and the "Confédération belge du Cheval ASBL" concerning the modalities for delivering the identification document and for exchanging data with HorseID.

The terms and the model agreement to be signed can be consulted on: Agreement with foreign breed societies. 

List of foreign breeding organizations which are authorized to issue identification documents for horses born in Belgium

Equine animals are identified in Belgium by means of a transponder

Legislation is being adapted to use the country code from 2024 onwards.



The single lifetime identification document ​ 

The single lifetime identification document for equine animals is delivered in Belgium in a 'detailed' format for all equidae.

The identification documents delivered in Belgium until December 31, 2022 according to the model of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/262 laying down rules pursuant to Council Directives 90/427/EEC and 2009/156/EC as regards the methods for the identification of equidae (Equine Passport Regulation) are considered valid.

The new model established by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/963 will be used gradually from September 1, 2022 and will be mandatory from January 1, 2023.


Article 60 of Regulation (EU) 2019/203

Belgium made use of the derogation concerning kept equine animals living under semi-wild conditions for 8 entities.


Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2021/96

See point Article 111 of Regulation (EU) 2016/42 - The identification documents for equidae born in Belgium

Equidae with certificate of origin​

Equidae without certificate of origin​ 

Confédération Belge du Cheval and its two regional wings CWBC - UELN 056021 and PPV - UELN 056022

Article 16 of Regulation (EU) 2021/963 

Not applicable to Belgium. Only the transponder is authorised.


Article 28 of Regulation (EU) 2021/963

The contact point to receive information and documents referred to in Article 27 of Regulation (EU) 2021/963 is:
La Confédération Belge du Cheval asbl
Belgicastraat 9/3
1930 Zaventem
Email :
Website : (in French and Dutch only)

Procedure to request a duplicate

See the procedure