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Microchips explained

In this article I will give an explanation of microchips in the UK with the aim of creating a guide to pet microchips.

We are aiming for this to be a useful resource for anyone wanting to know more or for people who are trying to track down a pet owner. 

To find out how a microchip works check out our article HERE and to find out how microchip databases work in the UK click HERE.

Guide to Pet microchips - Microchips explained

There are 2 main types of microchips:

FDX-A microchips

FDX-A are not compliant in the UK. The UK legislation  states this. You can see it HERE

The legislation states that the microchip must be ISO compliant and an FDX-b microchip which reads at 134.2 kilohertz. 

FDX-A microchips read at a frequency of 125 kilohertz. 

An FDX-A microchip number is generally at 9 or 10 digit number and can contains numbers or numbers and letters. 

 

Note – Our Search tool still allows these microchips to be searched just in case we find a result on another database.

FDX-B microchips (ISO compliant)

FDX-B microchips are the global standard. Here are a few facts about them:

  •  All ISO-compliant FBX-B microchips contain 15 numbers only, no letters

  •  If the first digit is a 9 this means the first 3 digits identifies the manufacturer. (Unless the first 3 digits are 900 then the first 6 digits identifies the manufacturer.)

  •  If the first digit is anything other than a 9 this means it’s showing the country code. This usually means the pet has been microchipped in that particular country. You can find a list of these at the end of the article.

  • Most databases in the UK also supply a different manufacturers code. Check below for more information on which databases to contact about which brand of microchip.

Who to contact about which microchip brand

If you have a microchip number and need to find out more about it, the first thing you should do it search it HERE.

Our look up tool will check every other database in the UK to check if they have a record of the microchip. Finding a pet owner should take 1 look up and 1 phone call if the microchip is registered. 

If our search doesn’t return a result we reccomend searching on Euro Pet Net. This searches many of the European database some of which even display ownership details publicly. Our support team will always search this during an enquiry if the microchip is not registered on a UK databases. 

If this doesn’t return a result you can check out the list below to find out who deals with which microchip brand. The first digits of a microchip is either a manufacturer code or a country code. Manufacturer codes are much more common in the UK as the UK does not use a country code. A manufacturer code is issued by ICAR.  

Country codes are assigned by the Internal Standards Organization (ISO). They set the global standards for microchips as laid out in ISO11784 and ISO11785. 

It should be noted that not every country uses their country code. The best way to remember it is:

If it doesn’t start with a 9, it’s more than likely a country code. If it starts with a 9 it’s a manufacturer code. 

If you have any questions please just drop us an email – support@mypethq.io

Manufacturer codes

First 3 digits of microchips Which database to contact
956 (Trovan microchip)
981 (Datamars microchip)
985 (Destron)
977 (AVID)
982 (Allflex)
945 (Business Inception Identification B.V.)
972 (Datamars)
990 (Soartech Electronics Inc.)
993 (Plastifran BV)
953 (Virbac)
989 (Biomark Inc.)
941 (Felixcan)
978 (Virbac)
992 (Smartrac Specialty GmbH)
933 (Ornthana Intertrade Co.,ltd.)
952 (Jecta)
968 (AEG)
991 (WUXI FOFIA Technology Co., Ltd)
992 (Smartrac Specialty GmbH)
993 (Plastifran BV)
988 (Datamars Inc)
932 (BARTMED)
958 (Pet ID)
944 (Net & Telligent SA)
987 (A1 ID SYSTEMS Ltd.)
965 (SwissPlus ID Group Pty Ltd)
963 (AnimallTAG)
939 (RealTrace)
967 (RF Holding (Beheer) BV)
937 (Os ID as)
941 (Datamars Iberica, S.L.U.)

Country codes

First 2- 3 digits of microchips Assigned Country
32
Argentina
36
Australia
40
Austria
44
Bahamas
52
Barbados
56
Belgium
60
Bermuda
76
Brazil
124
Canada
152
Chile
156
China
158
Taiwan
203
Czech Republic
208
Denmark
214
Dominican Republic
246
Finland
250
France
276
Germany
300
Greece
348
Hungary
356
India
360
Indonesia
372
Ireland
376
Israel
380
Italy
392
Japan
442
Luxembourg
458
Malaysia
484
Mexico
492
Monaco
528
Netherlands
554
New Zealand
578
Norway
604
Peru
608
Philippines
618
Poland
620
Portugal
630
Puerto Rico
642
Romania
643
Russian Federation
710
South Africa
724
Spain
752
Sweden
756
Switzerland
764
Thailand
792
Turkey
804
Ukraine
818
Egypt
826
United Kingdom
840
United States
858
Uruguay
862
Venezuela
891
Yogoslavia

That’s everything in our guide to pet microchips. If there is anything else you’d like us to add please just let us know. 🙂

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