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I. Semen

Legislation

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

Implementation arrangements for trade in and imports of bovine semen are laid down by Commission decisions adopted by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (the PAFF Committee).

Trade

Approved semen collection and storage centres in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: The lists were 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

Authorised third countries:Commission 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 centers 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:

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

Specimen animal health certificates:Commission Decision 2011/630/EU lays down the animal health conditions and veterinary certification for the imports of bovine semen from third countries.

II. Embryos

Legislation

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.

This Directive harmonises:

  • the animal health conditions which embryos must satisfy for the purposes of intra-Union trade in or imports to the European Union from third countries
  • the conditions for approval of embryo collection and production teams from the collection to the storage stage

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

Implementation arrangements for trade in and imports of bovine semen are laid down by Commission decisions adopted by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (the PAFF Committee).

Trade

Approved embryo collection and production teams in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: The lists were laid down as described in Article 5(2) of Directive 89/556/EEC as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC.

Specimen animal health certificates: Annex C to Directive 89/556/EEC.

Imports

Authorised third countries:Decision 2006/168/EC lays down a list of third countries from which Member States authorise imports of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species.

Approved embryo collection and production teams in third countries: In accordance with Article 8(2) of Directive 89/556/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 or production teams that the competent authority of the third country has approved as being in compliance with Article 8(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 approval certificate of:

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

Specimen animal health certificates:Decision 2006/168/EC lays down the animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of bovine embryos from third countries.