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Semen, Ova and Embryos - Bovine Ova & embryos
Basic directive

The general animal health conditions governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the European Union of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species are laid down in Council Directive 89/556/EEC of 25 September 1989.

This Directive harmonises:

Only distribution and placement of embryos 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 embryos are laid down by Commission decisions adopted by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH):

Intra-Union trade

Imports to the European Union