The general animal health requirements governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the European Union of semen of domestic animals of the bovine species are laid down in Council Directive 88/407/EEC.
This Directive harmonises:
- the animal health conditions which semen must satisfy for the purposes of intra-Union trade or imports to the European Union from third countries;
- the conditions for approval of semen collection and storage centres.
Only distribution and placement of semen in the country of destination are not covered by the Directive, being a matter for the Member States. However, they should be compatible with the rules laid down in the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union.
Implementation arrangements for imports of bovine semen are laid down by Commission decisions adopted by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH):
- Approved semen collection and storage centres in EU Member States Approved semen collection and storage centres in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: lists laid down as described in Article 5 (2) of Directive 88/407/EEC, as amended by Directive 2003/43/EC.
- Specimen animal health certificates: Annex D to Directive 88/407/EEC.
Imports to the European Union
- Third countries :Commission Decision 2012/415/EU amending Decision 2011/630/EU lays down a list of third countries from which Member States authorise imports of semen of domestic animals of the bovine species.
- Approved semen collection and storage centres in third countries: in accordance with Article 9 (2) of Directive 88/407/EEC, as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC, the competent authority of the authorised third country shall communicate to the Commission the list of semen collection or storage centres that the competent authority of the third country has approved as being in compliance with Article 9 (1) of that Directive. In order make this information available to the Member States and to the public, the European Commission has established this website.
Model questionnaires for approval of:
The following third countries have communicated lists of approved bovine semen collection centres to the European Commission:
- Australia Updated 22-08-2011
- Canada Updated 12-03-2014
- New Zealand Updated 06-11-2012
- United States Updated 16-06-2014
The following third countries have communicated lists of approved bovine semen storage centres to the European Commission: