The general animal health requirements governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the European Union of semen of domestic animals of the porcine species are laid down in Council Directive 90/429/EEC of 26 June 1990.
This Directive harmonises:
- the 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 centres, which must comply with the requirements of the Directive, from collection to storage stage.
Only distribution and placement of serum in the country of destination are not covered by the Directive, being a matter for the Member States.
Implementation arrangements for imports of porcine semen are laid down by Commission decisions adopted by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH):
- Approved semen collection centres in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: list is laid down in conformity with Article 8 (2) of Directive 90/429/EEC as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC;
- Specimen animal health certificate : Annex D to Directive 90/429/EEC
- List of Member States and regions thereof, other countries with special agreements which refuse admission to their territory or to a region of their territory of semen from semen collection centres where animals vaccinated against Aujeszky's disease are admitted [Point 4 of Annex C to Directive 90/429/EEC].
Imports to the European Union
- Third countries: a list of third countries from which imports of porcine semen are authorised is laid down in Commission Decision 2012/137/EU
Approved semen collection centres in third countries: in accordance with Article 8 (2) of Directive 90/429/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 centres that the competent authority of the third country has approved as being in compliance with Article 8 (1) of that Directive. In order to make this information available to the Member States and to the public, the European Commission has established this website.
- Model questionnaire for approval of porcine semen collection centre - Updated 05-03-2012
The following third countries have communicated lists of approved porcine semen collection centres to the European Commission:
- Specimen animal health certificate: the animal health conditions and model veterinary certificates for imports of porcine semen from authorised third countries is laid down in Commission Decision 2012/137/EU