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Basic directive

The general animal health requirements governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the European Union of semen, ova and embryos of the equine species (horses, asses, etc.) are laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992.

This Directive harmonises:

  • the health conditions which semen, ova and embryos 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 centres and embryo collection or production teams.

Only distribution and placement of semen, ova and embryos in the country of destination have not been harmonised.



Implementation

Implementation arrangements for trade in and imports of equine semen, ova and 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

  • Third countries : Commission Decision 2004/211/EC lays down the list of third countries and parts of territory thereof from which Member States authorise imports of semen, ova and embryos of the equine species.
  • Approved embryo collection and production teams and semen collection and storage centres in third countries: in accordance with Article 17 (3) (b) of Directive 92/65/EEC, as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC, the competent authority of the authorised third country shall communicate to the Commission the list of embryo collection and production teams and semen collection or storage centres that the competent authority of the third country has approved as being in compliance with Article 11 (2) or (3) 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 :

    1. equine semen collection centre,
    2. equine semen storage centre,
    3. equine embryo collection or production team.

    The following third countries have communicated lists of approved equine semen collection centres to the European Commission:

    The following third countries have communicated lists of approved equine semen storage centres to the European Commission:

    The following third countries have communicated lists of approved equine embryo collection teams to the European Commission:

  • Specimen animal health certificates : the specimen animal health certificates for imports of semen, ova and embryos are laid down in the Commission Decision 2010/471/EU.

 
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