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Source Codes for Specimens

Codes for the indication in permits and certificates of the source of specimens.

Last updated: 08 February 2021

Here is a list of all source codes for speciments, sourced from the Animal & Plant Agency guidance document  Annex B (page 7).

Code Description of the source of specimen
W Specimens taken from the wild.
R Specimens of animals reared in a controlled environment, taken as eggs or juveniles from the wild, where they would otherwise have had a very low probability of surviving to adulthood.
D Annex A animals bred in captivity for commercial purposes in operations included in the Register of the CITES Secretariat, in accordance with Resolution Conf 12.10 (Rev.CoP15) and Annex A plants artificially propagated for commercial purposes in accordance with Chapter XIII of Regulation (EC) No. 865/2006, as well as parts and derivatives thereof.*
A Annex A plants artificially propagated for non-commercial purposes and Annexes B and C plants artificially propagated in accordance with the Commission Regulation, as well as parts and derivatives thereof.
C Animals bred in captivity in accordance with Chapter XIII of Regulation (EC) No. 865/2006, as well as parts and derivatives thereof.*
F Animals born in captivity, but for which the criteria of the Commission Regulation are not met, as well as parts and derivatives thereof.
I Confiscated or seized specimens (only to be used in conjunction with another source code).
O Pre-Convention (only to be used in conjunction with another source code).
U Source unknown (must be justified).
X Specimens taken in the marine environment not under the jurisdiction of any State.

*Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the correct code is given for captive bred and artificially propagated specimens and to decide whether source code C or D is most appropriate.