Animals

Ovine & Caprine

Ovine & Caprine


Legislation

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.

This Directive harmonises:

  • The health conditions which such 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 and storage centres and embryo collection and production teams.

Only distribution and placement of semen, ova and embryos in the country of destination have not been harmonised. 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 ovine and caprine semen, ova and embryos 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 and embryo collection and production teams in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: The lists were laid down in conformity with Article 11 (4) of Directive 92/65/EEC.

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

Authorised third countries: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, 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:

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 2010/472/EU lays down the model health certificates for imports of ovine and caprine semen, ova and embryos from authorised third countries.