Legislation

Legislation

The European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2016/1012 on zootechnical and genealogical conditions for the breeding, trade in and entry into the Union of purebred breeding animals, hybrid breeding pigs and the germinal products thereof (‘Animal Breeding Regulation’) on 8 June 2016. The Regulation was published in the Official Journal on 29 June 2016 and the full text is available here. The Regulation entered into force on 19 July 2016 and will be applicable as of 1 November 2018.

The Animal Breeding Regulation provides a single legal framework for the rules applicable to the breeding, trade and entry into the Union of breeding animals of the bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine and equine species and their germinal products. The purpose of the Regulation is:

  • to consolidate existing rules for the promotion of free trade in breeding animals and their germinal products, and to update those rules to technical advances and established practices while protecting genetic diversity;
  • to promote cross-border activities of breed societies providing their services under fair competition conditions;
  • to simplify the legislative framework in a single Regulation adapted to the Lisbon Treaty, which replaces eight species-specific Directives;
  • to establish rules on official controls and activities following the principles of the Regulation on official controls.

The following delegated and implementing acts were adopted by the Commission to make the new rules applicable.

Zootechnical certificate for purebred breeding animals of the bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine species and for hybrid breeding pigs

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/717

Zootechnical certificate for purebred breeding animals of the equine species

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1940

Model forms for listing of recognised breed societies and breeding operations

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/716

European Union reference centre

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1422

Until the date of application of the Animal Breeding Regulation and its delegated and implementing acts, the current rules listed below continue to apply. On the date of application of the Animal Breeding Regulation, these legal acts will be repealed, with the exception of Article 8(1) of Council Directive 90/427/EEC, which will continue to apply until 21 April 2021, when the Regulation (EU) 2016/429 ("Animal Health Law") will become applicable.

Bovine Animals (cattle, buffaloes)

Basic Directive Council Directive 2009/157/EC
Recognition of breeding organisations Commission Decision 84/247/EEC
Entering in herdbooks Commission Decision 84/419/EEC
Pedigree certificates Commission Decision 2005/379/EC
Performance testing and genetic evaluation Commission Decision 2006/427/EC
INTERBULL Council Decision 96/463/EC
Acceptance for breeding Council Directive 87/328/EEC

Porcine Animals (pigs)

Basic Directive   Council Directive 88/661/EEC
Recognition of breeding organisations Pure-bred Commission Decision 89/501/EEC
Hybrid Commission Decision 89/504/EEC
Entering in herdbooks Pure-bred Commission Decision 89/502/EEC
Hybrid Commission Decision 89/505/EEC
Pedigree certificates Pure-bred Commission Decision 89/503/EEC
Hybrid Commission Decision 89/506/EEC
Performance testing and genetic evaluation Pure-bred and Hybrid Commission Decision 89/507/EEC
Acceptance for breeding Pure-bred Council Directive 90/118/EEC
Hybrid Council Directive 90/119/EEC

Ovine and Caprine Animals (sheep and goats)

Basic Directive Council Directive 89/361/EEC
Recognition of breeding organisations Commission Decision 90/254/EEC
Entering in flock books Commission Decision 90/255/EEC
Pedigree certificates Commission Decision 90/258/EEC
Performance testing and genetic evaluation Commission Decision 90/256/EEC
Acceptance for breeding Commission Decision 90/257/EEC

Equine Animals (horses, donkeys)

Basic Directive Council Directive 90/427/EEC
Recognition of breeding organisations Commission Decision 92/353/EEC
Coordination between breeding organisations Commission Decision 92/354/EEC
Entering in studbook Commission Decision 96/78/EC
Identification document (passport) Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/262
Pedigree certificate for semen, ova, embryos Commission Decision 96/79/EC

Horse Competitions

Basic Directive Council Directive 90/428/EEC
Collection of data Commission Decision 92/216/EEC
Coordinating Authorities of Equine Competitions  

Listing Organisations

Basic Directive Commission Directive 2008/73/EC
Templates for listing Commission Decision 2009/712/EC

Other Breeding Animals

Basic Directive Council Directive 91/174/EEC

Import from Third Countries

Basic Directive Council Directive 94/28/EC
Pedigree certificates

Commission Decision 96/509/EC

Commission Decision 96/510/EC

Approved organisations Commission Decision 2006/139/EC