10th edition 2006
Annex VII

The FEI requires all horses competing in FEI competition to provide evidence of sufficient vaccination against equine influenza. Vaccination against equine influenza is an important deterrent to equine respiratory disease amongst FEI competition horses and is essential for health regulatory reasons. The vaccination protocol involves regular six monthly booster vaccinations following a primary vaccination course, as from January 2005. The primary course is essential to stimulate initial immunity and for an optimal effect of subsequent booster vaccinations.

All horses and ponies for which an FEI Passport or a National Passport approved by the FEI has been issued must have the vaccination section completed and endorsed by a veterinarian, stating that it has received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza, given between 21 and 92 days (i.e. 1-3 months) apart. For live vaccines, another schedule for the primary vaccination may apply.

In addition, a booster vaccination must be administered within each succeeding 6 months (± 21 days) following the second vaccination of the primary course. None of these injections must have been given within the preceding 7 days including the day of the competition or of entry into the competition stables.

The above are the minimum requirements for influenza vaccination.

The primary course and subsequent booster vaccinations should be given according to the manufacturer's instructions that will fall within the stipulation of the FEI ruling. If a horse is not competing in FEI competitions for an extended period, at least the manufacturers’
recommendations for booster vaccinations should be followed.

Further guidelines as to the Equine Influenza vaccinations can be found on the FEI website

10th edition 2006
Annex XIV
1.     A passport, which must be extended every four years, must remain with the horse throughout its life             and must accompany it at all times.

2.     National Federations are responsible for issuing FEI passports and must transmit the following                         information to the FEI before they receive the FEI passport number:
2.1         original horse name, and/or current horse name
2.2         UELN and/or MICROCHIP number;
2.3         sex, colour and date of birth of the horse;
2.4         name, nationality and address of the owner(s);
2.5         copy of the description/diagram;

3.     National Federations are also responsible to transmit the following changes without delay:
3.1         change of the National Federation administering;
3.2         change of owner and nationality;
3.3         change of name of the horse or the addition of a second (commercial) name;
3.4         changes in the description and diagram page, (e.g. castration);

4.     The horse must be present when the description and the marking of the diagram in the passport is                 completed. Only veterinarians approved by the National Federation are authorised to complete this                 page and the description must be in accordance with the FEI booklet on Identification of Horses.

5.     The National Federation is required to enter name and address of owner(s) of the horse and the owner         must sign the passport where specified. (Please refer GR Art. 141). National Federations
        should also be aware of European Commission or other national or international legislation relating to         identification of horses.

6.     National Federations must inform owners that they are responsible for any special entries required to             be made, such as recording the full equine influenza vaccination history of the horse (see point 11) in             accordance with the ruling currently in force. The vaccination history entered in the passport must be             dated, stamped and signed by the veterinarian who vaccinated the horse.

7.     The passport completed by the National Federation approved veterinarian must be returned to the                 National Federation to be checked, authenticated by the signature of an official of the National                         Federation and the National Federation official stamp and be recorded by National Federation.

8.     For passports and recognition cards, National Federations are obliged to make two copies of the                     description diagram, retain one and send the second copy to the FEI for registration and record                     purposes.

9.     Owners
9.1.         Residents abroad and whose horses are kept in their country of residence must apply to the                             National Federation of their country of residence for passports, in accordance with the procedure                     laid down in this section. The National Federation of the owner's country of residence must inform                 the owner's home National Federation of such action.
9.2.         Owners living in their own country and whose horses are kept in a foreign country must apply to                     the National Federation of the country where the horses are kept for the issue of a passport or the                 validation of a national passport with recognition card.

10.     The passport should be held by the Person Responsible or the person accompanying the horse, but it            must be returned to the National Federation for endorsement in the following cases:
10.1.       change of ownership. The new owner is responsible for informing and sending the passport to the                 National Federation for registration.
10.2.       change of name of the horse or the addition of a second (e.g. commercial as a pre or a suffix)                             name.
10.3.       the endorsement of any changes in the description and diagram page.
10.4.       death of the horse.

11.     Vaccination history: The horse’s vaccination history has to be checked by an approved National                    Federation’s veterinarian and, if correct, the following statement may be used: "The vaccination                        history of this horse is correct to date. Last vaccination on ... (enter date)" in the cases mentioned                    below:
                Newly issued passports
           The veterinarian authenticating such a statement has to be the same who filled in the description and            diagram pages.

For further clarification see the FEI Equine Influenza Vaccination FAQs

Equine Influenza

Equine Influenza Vaccines

FEI Influenza  Regulations

Available Vaccines

Vaccine Decisions


Terms and Definitions