Quality Control

About NFQS

Beloved seafood, reliable quality control from sea to table.


Legal basis - Aquatic Organism Disease Control Act

  • Article 22. Quarantine of Exported and Imported Aquatic Organism
  • Article 23. Objects for Quarantine
  • Article 27. Import Quarantine
  • Article 31. Export Quarantine

Things for Quarantine

  • Aquatic animals for transplantation (including eggs and gametes)
  • Finfish, Shellfish and Crustaceans for human consumption, ornament, research & development
  • Frozen or refrigerated abalones and oysters
  • Pathogenic organisms or diagnostic reagents permitted from Director General of the National Fishery Products Quality Management Service

Aquatic Organisms (Aquatic Animals & Aquatic Plants)

Live finfish, shellfish, crustaceans, cephalopods, echinoidea, holothuroidea, urochorda, polychaeta, echiuroidea, amphibian, trionychidae, cetacea, seaweed, and plants originated from water

Listed diseases of aquatic organisms for Quarantine

Listed diseases of aquatic organisms for Quarantine
Type (numbers) Listed diseases
Finfish 8 Epizootic Haematopoietic Necrosis (EHN), Spring viraemia of carp (SVC), Viral haematopoietic septicaemia (VHS), Infectious salmon anemia (ISA), Epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS), Infection with Gyrodactylus salaris
Shellfish 5 Infection with Bonamia ostreae & Bonamia exitiosa, Infection with Marteilia refringens, Infection with Perkinsus marinus, Infection with Xenohaliotis californiensis, Infection with Abalone herpesvirus
Crustacean 7 Crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci), Infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV), Yellowhead disease,White spot syndrome virus diseases (WSSVD), Taura syndrome virus diseases (TSV), Infectious myonecrosis, White tail disease

Quarantine Facilities

  • Quarantine facilities: Quarantine should be performed in facilities accredited by the National Fishery Products Quality Management Service (NFQS)
    • Type of quarantine facilities ? indoor farm, indoor fish storage tank, aquarium, storage equipped with temperature control system, marine net cage farm

Quarantine Methods

Quarantine Methods
Object Type Days required Check point
Imports and Exports Document check 2 days Verification of applications along with attached documents
Clinical test 3 days Comprehensive anatomical examination including behaviours and swimming patterns
Laboratory test 15 days Histopathological, molecular biological, serological and biochemical examinations

Civil Affairs Procedure

Application for Import /Export Quarantine Procedure

Arrival at the quarantine facility → Applicant → Application,Via a personal visit or online application → Acceptance(Regional office of the NFQS) → Ducument check(Ducument check-Checking application forms with attached documents), Clinical test(Comprehensive anatomical examination including behaviours and swimming patterns), Laboratory test(Histopathological molecular biological, etc.)→ Result → Pass( → Issuing a health certificate), Fail(Notification → Applicant and head of competent regional customs → Applicant :  retum or destroy (incineration or burying) Application for quarantine facility registration(or change))

Application for quarantine facility registration (or change)

Applicant → Acceptance(Regional office of the NFQS) → Evaluation of facilities → Facility standard, apointment of fish health profesionals or veterinarians, facilities conditions, etc. → Decision → Satisfied(Approving quarantine facility registration → Issuing a certificate for quarantine facility registration → Devlivering the certificate to the applicant) ,Unsatisfied