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Intra-Community trade in and imports of equidae

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Intra-Community trade in and imports of equidae

The European Union is harmonising the animal health rules governing intra-Community trade and imports from third countries.

ACT

Council Directive 90/426/EEC of 26 June 1990 on animal health conditions governing the movement and import from third countries of equidae [See amending acts].

SUMMARY

The Directive and its amending acts lay down the animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and imports from third countries of equidae.

The acts provide definitions of the terms "holding", "equidae", "compulsorily notifiable disease", etc.

Intra-Community trade in equidae is subject to certain rules. The equidae may not present any sign of disease when inspected during the 48-hour period preceding loading, and may not have been in contact with infected equidae during the 15-day period preceding loading. Equidae must be conveyed directly to the place of destination, accompanied by an animal health certificate (annex B). Commission veterinary experts may carry out on-the-spot inspections.

Imports of equidae from third countries are also subject to certain rules. They must have originated in a third country included in a list drawn up by the Commission; they must have remained for a continuous period, of a duration yet to be specified, in the country of dispatch and must be accompanied by a certificate made out by an official veterinarian of that country. Inspections will be carried out by the national and Commission veterinary experts.

Directive 2004/68/EC updates the legislation governing the importation of equidae to take account of the entry into force of the hygiene package.

The annexes contain a list of diseases subject to compulsory notification and a specimen health certificate for intra-Community trade in equidae.

References

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 90/426/EEC

04.07.1990

01.01.1992

OJ L 224 of 18.08.1990

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 90/425/EEC

26.07.1990

01.07.1992

OJ L 224 of 18.08.1990

Directive 91/496/EEC

19.08.1991

01.01.1992 (Articles 6, 13, 18 and 21)01.07.1992 (other provisions)

OJ L 268 of 24.09.1991

Decision 92/130/EEC

14.02.1992

-

OJ L 47 of 24.09.1991

Directive 92/36/EEC

18.05.1992

31.12.1992

OJ L 157 of 10.06.1992

Decision 2001/298/EC

31.07.2001

-

OJ L 102 of 12.04.2001

Decision 2002/160/EC

23.02.2002

-

OJ L 53 of 23.02.2002

Regulation (EC) No 2003/806

05.06.2003

-

OJ L 122 of 16.05.2003

Directive 2004/68/EC

20.05.2004

19.11.2005

OJ L 139 of 30.04.2004

RELATED ACTS

Decision 79/542/EEC of 21 May 1976 drawing up a list of third countries from which the Member States authorise imports of bovine animals, swine and fresh meat [Official Journal L 146 of 14.06.1979]

This Decision has been amended by the following Council Decisions:

Decision 85/575/EEC [Official Journal L 372 of 31.12.1985]

Decision 91/361/EEC [Official Journal L 195 of 18.07.1991]

Decision 92/14/EEC [Official Journal L 8 of 14.01.1992]

Decision 92/245/EEC [Official Journal L 124 of 09.05.1992] (Tunisia)

Decision 93/99/EEC [Official Journal L 40 of 17.02.1993]

Decision 93/100/EEC [Official Journal L 40 of 17.02.1993]

Decision 93/344/EEC [Official Journal L 138 of 09.06.1993] (Qatar)

Decision 94/59/EC [Official Journal L 27 of 01.02.1994]

Decision 94/453/EC [Official Journal L 187 of 22.07.1994] (Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Decision 94/561/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 19.08.1994] (Macao, Malaysia, Singapore)

Decision 95/322/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Morocco)

Decision 95/323/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Syria)

Decision 96/279/EC [Official Journal L 107 of 30.04.1996]

Decision 96/624/EC [Official Journal L 279 of 31.10.1996]

Decision 97/10/EC [Official Journal L 3 of 07.01.1997] (South Africa)

Decision 97/160/EC [Official Journal L 62 of 04.03.1997] (Lebanon)

Decision 97/736/EC [Official Journal L 295 of 29.10.1997] (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Greenland)

Decision 98/594/EC [Official Journal L 286 of 23.10.1998] (Thailand)

Decision 1999/228/EC [Official Journal L 83 of 27.03.1999] (Saudi Arabia)

Decision 1999/236/EC [Official Journal L 87 of 31.03.1999] (Kyrgyzstan)

Decision 1999/301/EC [Official Journal L 117 of 05.05.1999] (United States of America)

Decision 99/558/EC [Official Journal L 211 of 11.08.1999] (Ecuador)

Decision 2000/2/EC [Official Journal L 1 of 04.01.2000]

Decision 2000/136/EC [Official Journal L 45 of 17.02.2000]

Decision 2000/209/EC [Official Journal L 64 of 11.03.2000] (Republic of Korea)

Decision 2001/117/EC [Official Journal L 43 of 14.02.2001] (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Decision 2001/731/EC [Official Journal L 274 of 17.10.2001] (New Caledona, Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

Decision 2004/81/EC [Official Journal L 17 of 24.01.2004]

Decision 2004/212/EC [Official Journal L 73 of 11.03.2004]

Decision 2004/372/EC [Official Journal L 118 of 23.04.2004]

Decision 2004/410/EC [Official Journal L 151 of 30.04.2004] (Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

Decision 2004/542/EC [Official Journal L 240 of 10.07.2004]

Decision 2004/554/EC [Official Journal L 248 of 09.07.2004]

Decision 2004/620/EC [Official Journal L 279 of 28.08.2004]

Decision 2004/882/EC [Official Journal L 373 of 21.12.2004]

Decision 2005/234/EC [Official Journal L 72 of 18.03.2005]

Decision 2005/620/EC [Official Journal L 216 of 20.8.2005]

Decision 2005/753/EC [Official Journal L 282 of 26.10.2005]

Decision 2006/9/EC [Official Journal L 7 of 12.1.2006]

Decision 2006/259/EC [Official Journal L 93 of 31.3.2006]

Decision 2006/360/EC [Official Journal L 134 of 20.5.2006]

Directive 92/35/EEC of 29 April 1992 laying down control rules and measures to combat African horse sickness. This Directive lays down Community harmonisation measures concerning the control and prevention rules for African horse disease.

Decision 92/260/EEC of 10 April 1992 on the health conditions and health certification required for the temporary entry of registered horses [Official Journal L 130 of 15.05.1992]

This Decision concerns the temporary entry of registered horses from the third countries appearing in the list established by Decision 92/14/EEC.

This Decision has been amended by the following Decisions:

Decision 93/344/EEC [Official Journal L 138 of 09.06.1993] (Qatar)

Decision 94/453/EC [Official Journal L 187 of 22.07.1994] (Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Decision 94/561/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 19.08.1994] (Macao, Malaysia, Singapore)

Decision 95/322/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Morocco)

Decision 95/323/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Syria)

Decision 96/81/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 25.01.1996] (equine viral arthritis)

Decision 96/279/EC [Official Journal L 107 of 30.04.1996]

Decision 97/160/EC [Official Journal L 62 of 04.03.1997] (Lebanon)

Decision 98/360/EC [Official Journal L 163 of 06.06.1998] (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)

Decision 98/594/EC [Official Journal L 286 of 23.10.1998] Thailand)

Decision 1999/228/EC [Official Journal L 83 of 27.03.1999] (Saudi Arabia)

Decision 1999/613/EC [Official Journal L 243 of 15.09.1999] (United Arab Emirates)

Decision 2000/209/EC [Official Journal L 64 of 11.03.2000] (Republic of Korea)

Decision 2001/117/EC [Official Journal L 43 of 14.02.2001] (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Decision 2001/611/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 08.08.2001] (Mexico)

Decision 2001/619/EC [Official Journal L 215 of 09.08.2001] (Peru)

Decision 2001/828/EC [Official Journal L 308 of 27.11.2001] (West Nile Fever)

Decision 2002/635/EC [Official Journal L 206 of 03.08.2002] (Turkey)

Decision 2003/541/EC [Official Journal L 185 of 24.07.2003] (South Africa)

Decision 2004/117/EC [Official Journal L 36 of 7.2.2004] (South Africa)

Decision 2004/241/EC [Official Journal L 74 of 12.3.2004] (South Africa)

Decision 93/195/EEC of 2 February 1993 on animal health conditions and veterinary certification for the re-entry of registered horses for racing, competition and cultural events after temporary export [Official Journal L 86 of 06.04.1993]

This Decision has been amended by the following Decisions:

Decision 93/344/EEC [Official Journal L 138 of 09.06.1993] (Qatar)

Decision 93/509/EEC [Official Journal L 238 of 23.09.1993]

Decision 94/453/EC [Official Journal L 187 of 22.07.1994] (Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Decision 94/561/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 19.08.1994] (Macao, Malaysia, Singapore)

Decision 95/99/EC [Official Journal L 76 of 05.04.1995]

Decision 95/322/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Morocco)

Decision 95/323/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Syria)

Decision 96/279/EC [Official Journal L 107 of 30.04.1996]

Decision 97/160/EC [Official Journal L 62 of 04.03.1997] (Lebanon)

Decision 97/684/EC [Official Journal L 287 of 21.10.1997]

Decision 98/360/EC [Official Journal L 163 of 06.06.1998] (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)

Decision 98/567/EC [Official Journal L 276 of 13.10.1998]

Decision 98/594/EC [Official Journal L286 of 23.10.1998] (Thailand)

Decision 1999/228/EC [Official Journal L 83 of 27.03.1999] (Saudi Arabia)

Decision 99/558/EC [Official Journal L 211 of 11.08.1999] (Ecuador)

Decision 2000/209/EC [Official Journal L 64 of 11.03.2000] (Republic of Korea)

Decision 2000/754/EC [Official Journal L 303 of 02.12.2000] (Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

Decision 2001/117/EC [Official Journal L 43 of 14.02.2001] (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Decision 2001/144/EC [Official Journal L 53 of 23.02.2001]

Decision 2001/610/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 08.08.2001]

Decision 2001/611/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 08.08.2001] (Mexico)

Act concerning the conditions of accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic [Official Journal L 236 of 23.09.2003]

Decision 2004/211/EC [Official Journal L 73 of 11.3.2004]

Decision 2005/605/EC [Official Journal L 206 of 9.8.2005]

Decision 2005/943/EC [Official Journal L 342 of 24.12.2005]

Decision 93/196/EEC of 5 February 1993 on animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of registered equidae and equidae for breeding and production [Official Journal L 86 of 06.04.1993]

This Decision has been amended by the following Decisions:

Decision 94/453/EC [Official Journal L 187 of 22.07.1994] (Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Decision 95/322/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Morocco)

Decision 96/81/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 25.01.1996] (equine viral arthritis)

Decision 96/82/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 25.01.1996] (piroplasmosis)

Decision 96/279/EC [Official Journal L 107 of 30.04.1996]

Decision 97/36/EC [Official Journal L 14 of 17.01.1997] (Iceland)

Decision 98/360/EC [Official Journal L 163 of 06.06.1998] (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)

Decision 2001/117/EC [Official Journal L 43 of 14.02.2001] (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Decision 2001/611/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 08.08.2001] (Mexico)

Act concerning the conditions of accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic [Official Journal L 236 of 23.09.2003]

Decision 93/197/EEC of 5 February 1993 on animal health conditions and health certification for imports of equidae for slaughter [Official Journal L 86 of 06.04.1993]

This Decision has been amended by the following Decisions:

Decision 93/344/EEC [Official Journal L 138 of 09.06.1993] (Qatar)

Decision 93/510/EEC [Official Journal L 238 of 23.09.1993]

Decision 93/682/EC [Official Journal L 317 of 18.12.1993]

Decision 94/453/EC [Official Journal L 187 of 22.07.1994] (Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Decision 94/561/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 19.08.1994] (Macao, Malaysia, Singapore)

Decision 95/322/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Morocco)

Decision 95/323/EC [Official Journal L 190 of 11.08.1995] (Syria)

Decision 95/536/EC [Official Journal L 304 of 16.12.1995] (Egypt)

Decision 96/81/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 25.01.1996] (equine viral arthritis)

Decision 96/82/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 25.01.1996] (piroplasmosis)

Decision 96/279/EC [Official Journal L 107 of 30.04.1996]

Decision 97/10/EC [Official Journal L 3 of 07.01.1997] (South Africa)

Decision 97/36/EC [Official Journal L 14 of 17.01.1997] (Iceland)

Decision 97/160/EC [Official Journal L 62 of 04.03.1997] (Lebanon)

Decision 98/360/EC [Official Journal L 163 of 06.06.1998] (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)

Decision 98/594/EC [Official Journal L 286 of 23.10.1998] (Thailand)

Decision 1999/228/EC [Official Journal L 83 of 27.03.1999] (Saudi Arabia)

Decision 1999/236/EC [Official Journal L 87 of 31.03.1999] (Kyrgyzstan)

Decision 1999/252/EC [Official Journal L 96 of 10.04.1999]

Decision 1999/613/EC [Official Journal L 243 of 15.09.1999] (United Arab Emirates)

Decision 2000/209/EC [Official Journal L 64 of 11.03.2000] (Republic of Korea)

Decision 2001/117/EC [Official Journal L 43 of 14.02.2001] (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Decision 2001/619/EC [Official Journal L 215 of 09.08.2001] (Peru)

Decision 2001/611/EC [Official Journal L 214 of 08.08.2001] (Mexico)

Decision 2001/754/EC [Official Journal L 282 of 26.10.2001] (Saint Pierre and Miquelon)

Decision 2001/766/EC [Official Journal L 288 of 01.11.2001] (Falkland Islands)

Decision 2001/828/EC [Official Journal L 308 of 27.11.2001] (West Nile Fever)

Decision 2002/635/EC [Official Journal L 206 of 03.08.2002] (Turkey)

Decision 2002/841/EC [Official Journal L 287 of 25.10.2002] (equidae for breeding and production)

Decision 2003/541/EC [Official Journal L 185 of 24.07.2003] (South Africa)

Act concerning the conditions of accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic [Official Journal L 236 of 23.09.2003]

Decision 2004/117/EC [Official Journal L 36 of 7.2.2004] (South Africa)

Decision 2004/241/EC [Official Journal L 74 of 12.3.2004] (South Africa)

Decision 94/467/EC of 13 July 1994 laying down health guarantees for the transport of equidae from one third country to another in accordance with Article 9 (1) (c) of Directive 91/496/EEC [Official Journal L 190 of 26.07.1994]

This decision was amended by the following:

Decision 96/81/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 25.01.1996]

Decision 2001/662/EC [Official Journal L 232 of 30.08.2001]

Decision 95/329/EC of 25 July 1995 defining the categories of male equidae to which the requirement regarding viral arthritis laid down in Article 15(b)(ii) of Council Directive 90/426/EEC applies.[Official Journal L 191 of 12.08.1995]

Decision 2004/211/EC of 6 January 2004 establishing the list of third countries and parts of territory thereof from which Member States authorise imports of live equidae and semen, ova and embryos of the equine species, and amending Decisions 93/195/EEC and 94/63/EC [Official Journal L 73 of 11.03.2004] This Directive lays down a consolidated list of third countries and parts thereof, if regional divisions apply, from which Member States authorise imports of live equidae and semen, ova and embryos of the equine species, and the other conditions which apply to these imports.

Last updated: 18.07.2006

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