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Ovine and caprine semen, ova and embryos

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 ovine and caprine species are laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992.

This Directive harmonises:

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 ovine and caprine 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 - Approved semen collection and storage centres and embryo collection and production teams in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: lists laid down in conformity with Article 11 (4) of Directive 92/65/EEC, as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC

- Specimen animal health certificate: Commission Decision 2010/470/EU lays down the specimen certificate for intra-Union trade in semen, ova and embryos of the ovine and caprine species.

Imports to the European Union

- Third countries Commission Decision 2012/411/EU amending Commission Decision 2010/472/EU lays down the lists of third countries from which Member States authorise imports of semen, ova and embryos of the ovine and caprine species.

- Approved semen collection or storage centres and embryo collection and production teams 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 semen collection or storage centres and embryo collection and production teams 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. ovine/caprine semen collection centre,
  2. ovine/caprine semen storage centre,
  3. ovine/caprine embryo collection and production team,
The following third countries have communicated lists of approved ovine and caprine semen collection centres to the European Commission: The following third countries have communicated lists of approved ovine and caprine embryo collection and production teams to the European Commission: - Specimen animal health certificate: Commission Decision 2012/411/EU amending Commission Decision 2010/472/EU lays down the model health certificates for imports of ovine and caprine semen, ova and embryos from authorised third countries.