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Revalidation overview

What is revalidation and why is it important?

Revalidation encourages OVs to update and refresh their knowledge on a regular basis, in order to keep up with legislation and procedures that are constantly changing.

It is important that OVs are satisfied that their knowledge is up to date when they carry out an official function, in order to:

  • Meet UK standards. Having up-to-date knowledge provides an assurance that OVs are trained to complete work to the highest standards on behalf of the UK Government.
  • Meet international standards. Revalidation supports international trade by enabling other countries to maintain confidence in the quality of UK exports.
  • Increase confidence in their own skills. Revalidation intends to demonstrate to OVs that in a pressurised situation they are qualified for and capable of carrying out responsible work.

The revalidation process

Click the buttons below for more detail about each part of the revalidation process. Alternatively, click on the links in the table below for further information about individual revalidation courses.

What happens if a revalidation deadline is missed?

If you are intending to revalidate your qualification, you need to ensure that you have enough time to complete all of the requirements before the deadline. If you do not complete your revalidation within the permitted timeframe, your status will be expired by APHA. If this happens, you will be informed by APHA via email and you will not be allowed to use the expired qualification or any OCQ(V)s for which it is a prerequisite.

To regain your status, you must then either:

  • Contact APHA in order for your status to be changed from 'expired' to 'suspended' and enable you to complete the revalidation course within 6 months of the missed deadline; OR
  • Enrol on and complete the full OCQ(V) course.

​If you wish to appeal being expired, you should contact APHA, as the final decision rests with them. If you are aware of any exceptional or mitigating circumstances it is worth contacting both Improve International and APHA as soon as possible to avoid the necessity to retrain.

Please see the APHA Briefing Note 15/19 for more information on the options available to you if you have missed a revalidation deadline. You can view a flowchart illustrating these by clicking here.


Revalidation intervals and requirements

Click on the links in the table below for further information about individual revalidation courses.

Revalidation course

Frequency of revalidation Number of scenario/certification exercises or case logs required CPD in the revalidation cycle Audit/Peer Review required?
ESr (Essential Skills revalidation) 4 years None 10 hours No
EXr (Exports General revalidation) 4 years None unless this is the only export qualification held 10 hours No
CAr (Companion Animals revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
AXr (Avian Exports revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
EQr (Equine Exports revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
GXr (Germinal Products Exports revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
PXr (Product Exports revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
SSr (Statutory Surveillance revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
SXr (Small Animal Exports revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No
TTr (Tuberculin Testing revalidation) 4 years 3 minimum 10 hours Yes
UXr (Ungulate Exports revalidation) 4 years 3 10 hours No

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