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Intra-Community trade in and imports of porcine semen

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Intra-Community trade in and imports of porcine semen

The European Union (EU) wishes to reduce the risk of spreading animal disease by harmonizing Member States' rules concerning trade and imports in porcine semen on its territory.

ACT

Council Directive 90/429/EEC of 26 June 1990 laying down the animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade in and imports of semen of domestic animals of the porcine species [See amending act(s)].

SUMMARY

The Directive lays down the animal health requirements applicable to trade in and imports of semen of animals of the porcine species in the European Union (EU).

Intra-Community trade

Intra-Community trade in porcine semen requires compliance with regulations concerning collection, processing, storage and transport as well as provisions on protection against the spread of Aujesky's disease.

The Directive lays down that each Member State shall send the list of authorised semen collection centres and their veterinary registration numbers to the other Member States and to the Commission. It also lays down that each consignment of semen must be accompanied by an animal health certificate drawn up by an official veterinarian of the Member State of collection.

Imports from third countries

Imports of porcine semen must come from:

  • a country on the list of third countries authorised to export to the EU, and
  • an approved semen collection centre in one of these countries.

Member States shall authorize the import of semen only on submission of an animal health certificate drawn up and signed by an official veterinarian of the third country of collection. The semen must fulfil the animal health requirements adopted for imports of semen from those countries.

Precautionary and control measures

The protective measures laid down by Directive 90/425/EEC apply to intra-Community trade in porcine semen.

The control measures provided for in Directive 90/425/EEC and in Directive 97/78/EC also apply to the trade in porcine semen. They concern controls on the origin, organisation and monitoring of porcine semen.

The Commission’s veterinary experts may carry out on-the-spot checks in cooperation with the competent authorities in the Member States and third countries. These controls ensure application of the Directive.

References

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for implementation in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 90/429/EEC

12.7.1990

30.12.1991

OJ L 224, 18.8.1990

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for implementation in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 806/2003

5.6.2003

-

OJ L 122, 16.5.2003

Directive 2008/73/EC

3.9.2008

1.1.2010

OJ L 219, 14.8.2008

The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 90/429/EEC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED ACTS

Commission Decision 2009/893/EC of 30 November 2009 on importation of semen of domestic animals of the porcine species into the Community as regards lists of third countries and of semen collection centres, and certification requirements [Official Journal L 320 of 5.12.2009].

See also

Last updated: 27.06.2011

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