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Porcine

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 porcine species are laid down in Council Directive 90/429/EEC.

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. 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 porcine 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 centres in EU Member States, Norway, other countries with special agreements: The list was 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

Authorised 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:

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 animal health certificates for imports of porcine semen from authorised third countries is laid down in Commission Decision 2012/137/EU.

II. Ova & Embryos

Legislation

The general animal health requirements governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the European Union of ova and embryos of animals of the porcine species are laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC.

This Directive harmonises:

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

Only distribution and placement of 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 porcine 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 in conformity with Article 11 (4) of Directive 92/65/EEC, as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC.

Specimen animal health certificate: the specimen animal health certificate for intra-Union trade is laid down in Commission Decision 2010/470/EU.

Imports

Authorised third countries: Commission Decision 2008/636/EC lays down the list of third countries and parts of territory thereof from which Member States authorise imports of ova and embryos of the porcine species.

Approved 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 embryo collection and production teams that the competent authority of the third country has approved as being in compliance with Article 11(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.

NB: No third country has communicated its list of approved embryo collection and production teams so far.

Specimen animal health certificate: The specimen animal health certificate for imports of ova and embryos has not been laid down so far.