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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements. Additional information to assist exporters with how to prepare reproductive material for export is available on the Department’s website.

Information about the process required to import reproductive material into the European Union (EU) can be found on the EU website.

The import and transit of reproductive material into the EU is strictly regulated under EU legislation and enforced by the Department through Departmental officers in the regional office from where the reproductive material is to be exported.

It is the responsibility of the exporter to use the appropriate EU health certificate and ensure that this and any accompanying declarations are in English and the appropriate language of the EU member state of the border inspection post (BIP) / border control post (BCP) where the reproductive material will enter the EU.

Note
Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

Health certification

Australian Departmental officers will only endorse health certification for reproductive material destined to the EU if it is written in English and, where required, an official language of the EU Member State of the BIP where the animals will enter the EU.

Australian Departmental officers will not endorse health certification for reproductive material destined to the EU if only presented in a language other than English.

Health certificate

As the importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the importing country's documentation carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Bovine embryos may only be exported to the EU if collected by an Embryo Collection Team audited and approved by the Department specifically for this purpose.

There is a model health certificate intended for the movement of reproductive material from Australia to the EU. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the certificate is current.

Certificate for movement of reproductive material to the EU:

Model health certificate A – English – “BOV-OOCYES-EMB-A-ENTRY” (DOCX 63 KB | PDF 212 KB) Bovine oocytes and embryos collected or produced, processed and stored in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/429 and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 after 20 April 2021, dispatched by the embryo collection or production team by which the oocytes or embryos were collected or produced.

Member States of the EU and their ISO codes​
Member StateISO CodeMember StateISO Code
AustriaATItalyIT
BelgiumBELatviaLV
BulgariaBGLithuaniaLT
CroatiaHRLuxembourgLU
CyprusCYMaltaMT
Czech RepublicCZNetherlandsNL
DenmarkDKPolandPL
EstoniaEEPortugalPT
FinlandFIRomaniaRO
FranceFRSlovakiaSK
GermanyDESloveniaSI
GreeceGRSpainES
HungaryHUSwedenSE
IrelandIE

To complete point I.7 of the EU health certificate you will need to name the exporting country and its ISO code.

Exporting country and their ISO code
Exporting countryISO code
AustraliaAU

Other requirements

Facility and centre approvals

Bovine embryos may only be exported to the EU if collected by an Embryo Collection Team audited and approved by the Department specifically for this purpose.

The list of approved bovine embryo collection and production teams is available on the European Commission website.

Note
Any premises that wish to become EU listed must apply to the Department to be listed.

Embryo transfer veterinarian declaration

A declaration by a Department-accredited embryo transfer veterinarian is required for assessment of this export.

This template (DOCX 67 KB | PDF 213 KB) provides the format for the Embryo Transfer Veterinarian declaration (ETVD) for the export of bovine embryos to the European Union.

Embryo collection teams currently approved by DAFF that have provided permission for their details to be listed publicly:

Centre NameCentre AddressContact NameEmail/ WebsitePhone
Bass Valley Embryo Services 6390 South Gippsland Hwy
LOCH VIC 3945
David Morris info@bves.com.au 03 5659 6530
0418 515 460
Global Reproduction Solutions 256 Peck Road
GOORAMBAT VIC 3725
Dominic Bayard dom@grsembryos.com.au
www.grsembryos.com.au
03 5764 1224
Oasis Collection Centre631 Glen Alvie Road,
GLEN ALVIE VIC 3979
Sharon Oates oasiscc@dcsi.net.au
www.oasiscc.com.au
0417 101 998
Total Livestock Genetics4969 Princes Highway
PO Box 105
CAMPERDOWN VIC 3260
Anthony Shelly
tlg@tlg.com.au
www.tlg.com.au
03 5593 2016

Other information including the relevant EU Directives and general approval checklist can be found on the European Commission website.

Testing regimes

Disease tested forTimingMethod of testingEU legislation
Bluetongue virus (serotype 1-24)Between 28 and 60 days from the date of each collection of the embryos
OR
On the day of collection of the embryos
Serology to detect antibodies
OR
Agent identification test for BT virus



Regulations
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 Of 24 March 2021
ANNEX IX Part 1
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (serotype 1,2,4,5,6,7 & 8)Between 28 and 60 days from date of collection of the embryos
OR
On the day of collection of the embryos
Serology to detect antibodies
OR
Agent identification test for EHD virus

Operations manual

All centres/ teams intending to become approved for export to the EU must submit an Operations Manual for assessment as part of the approval process.

Contact the Department for further details.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 6 April 2022.

Latest updates

21/07/2022 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
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Last updated: 21/07/2022 2:38 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:45 PM