Animals

Equine

Equine

Legislation

The general animal health requirements governing intra-Union trade in and imports into the European Union of semen, ova and embryos of the equine species (horses, asses, etc.) are laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC.

This Directive harmonises:

  • The health conditions which 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 or 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 equine 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, as amended by Directive 2008/73/EC.

Specimen animal health certificates: The specimen animal health certificates for intra-Union trade are laid down in Commission Decision 2010/470/EU.

Imports

Authorised third countries:Commission Decision 2004/211/EC lays down the list of third countries and parts of territory thereof from which Member States authorise imports of semen, ova and embryos of the equine species.

Approved embryo collection and production teams and semen collection and storage centres 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 and semen collection or storage centres 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 equine semen collection centres to the European Commission:

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

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

Specimen animal health certificates: The specimen animal health certificates for imports of semen, ova and embryos are laid down in the Commission Decision 2010/471/EU.