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.
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].
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 (EC) No 998/2003 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 penalize 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.
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.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
OJ L 268 of 14. 9. 1992
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Regulation (EC) No 998/2003||
OJ L 146 of 13. 6. 2003
OJ L 139 of 30.4. 2004
OJ L 219 of 14.8.2008
AMENDMENTS TO THE ANNEXES
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) No 176/2010 [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].