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Intra-Community trade and imports of certain animals and their semen, ova and embryos

The European Union is harmonising the rules regarding the trade and imports of certain live animals, sperm, ova and embryos which are not covered by specific Community legislation. The species covered by this Directive belong to the family of primates, camelidae, canines, felidae, etc.

ACT

Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A(I) to Directive 90/425/EEC [See amending acts].

SUMMARY

The Directive lays down the animal health requirements for the trade and import in the European Union (EU) of live animals, sperm, ova and embryos which are not covered by specific Community legislation (as is already the case for cattle and swine, equidae, sheep and goats, poultry and hatching eggs, certain live ungulates, as well as for aquaculture products).

Species covered by the Directive

The Directive lays down the animal health requirements applicable to trade in zoo animals, ungulates and birds which are not covered by other specific Directives, camelidae, bees, lagomorphs, minks, foxes, etc., as well as the trade in pet animals such as cats, dogs and ferrets. In order to be the subject of trade, ferrets, cats and dogs must meet the conditions provided for in Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals. For the latter category of animals, Finland, Ireland, Malta, the United Kingdom and Finland require additional guarantees. They may, for example, in certain cases, keep their national rules on quarantine for animals susceptible to rabies.

The Directive also lays down the animal health requirements applicable to trade in semen, ova and embryos of certain animals like equidae, sheep and goats.

Controls and penalties

Checks are carried out in accordance with the provisions of Council Directive 90/425/EEC applicable to intra-Community trade in live animals and their sperm, ova and embryos.

The Member States must take administrative or penal measures to penalise infringements of the Directive.

Live animals and their sperm, ova and embryos covered by this Directive and coming from third countries are subject to the minimum requirements laid down in Directive 97/78/EEC CEE concerning veterinary checks applicable to products from third countries.

Clinical examination and issuing of a health certificate

Directive 2013/31/EU requires dogs, cats and ferrets to undergo a clinical examination within 48 hours prior to the time of their dispatch by an authorised veterinarian.

When transported, the animals must be accompanied throughout their journey by a health certificate signed by an official veterinarian attesting that the authorised veterinarian has documented in the relevant section of the identification document the clinical examination carried out showing, at the time of the clinical examination, that the animals are fit to be transported for the intended journey.

Authorised imports

Imports from third countries are authorized provided they offer guarantees equivalent to those required in intra-Community trade. Conditions concerning the veterinary certificate, checks and transport are laid down, and animals must be quarantined prior to importation.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 92/65/EEC

29.7.1992

1.1.1994

OJ L 268 of 14. 9. 1992

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2004/68/EC

20.5.2004

19.11.2005

OJ L 139 of 30.4. 2004

Directive 2008/73/EC

3.9.2008

1.1.2010

OJ L 219 of 14.8.2008

Directive 2013/31/EU

18.07.2013Application from 29/12/2014.

28.12.2014.

OJ L 178 of 28.06.2013.

AMENDMENTS TO THE ANNEXES

Annex A – Notifiable diseases

Regulation (EC) No 1282/2002 [Official Journal L 187 of 16.7.2002];

Regulation (EC) No1398/2003 [Official Journal L 198 of 6.8.2003].

Annex C – Conditions governing approval of bodies, institutes or centres

Decision 95/176/EC [Official Journal L 117 of 24.5.1995];

Regulation (EC) No1282/2002 [Official Journal L 187 of 16.7.2002].

Annex D – Conditions governing semen collection and storage centres and embryo collection and production teams

Decision 95/176/EC [Official Journal L 117 of 24.5.1995];

Regulation (EU) No176/2010 [Official Journal L 52 of 3.3.2010].

Annex E – Health certificate templates

Regulation (EC) No 1282/2002 [Official Journal L 187 of 16.7.2002];

Decision 2010/270/EU [Official Journal L 118 of 12.5.2010];

Decision 2010/684/EU [Official Journal L 293 of 11.11.2010].

Annex F – Trade and imports of animals, sperm, ova and embryos not subject to specific legislation

Directive 2004/68/EC [Official Journal L 139 of 30.4.2004].

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EU No 576 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003. [Official Journal L 178 of 28.06.2013].

Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 laying down lists of third countries, territories or parts thereof authorised for the introduction into the European Union of certain animals and fresh meat and the veterinary certification requirements [Official Journal L 73 of 20.3.2010].

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1739/2005 of 21 October 2005 laying down animal health requirements for the movement of circus animals between Member States [Official Journal L 279 of 22.10.2005].

Last updated: 09.02.2014

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