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Sheep embryos


Uruguay (UY)

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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.

Contact the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries for information about the process required to import reproductive material from Australia into Uruguay.

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

Health requirements

Health certification

As importing country health requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the country’s website carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Prospective exporters of reproductive material to Uruguay should confirm the import health conditions from the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries​​​ and provide these with a National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) certified 2/3 level English translation to the relevant Departmental regional office at the time of NOI submission.

Health certificate

I, Dr ………………………………, a duly authorised government veterinary officer, hereby certify that:​

  1. Australia has official WOAH freedom from:

    1. 1) Foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination
    2. 2) Peste des petits ruminants (PPR)
    3. 3) Rinderpest
    4. 4) Brucellosis (B. abortus and B. melitensis)
    5. 5) Caprine contagious pleuropneumonia
    6. 6) Contagious agalactica
    7. 7) Enzootic abortion of ewes
    8. 8) Maedi-Visna
    9. 9) Nairobi sheep disease
    10. 10) Rift Valley fever
    11. 11) Scrapie
    12. 12) Sheep and goat pox
    13. 13) Tuberculosis (M. bovis)
    14. 14) Vesicular stomatitis
    15. 15) Pulmonary adenomatosis

  2. No cases of Schmallenberg disease have been recorded in Australia.

  3. As far as Foot-and-Mouth Disease is concerned:

    1. 3.1. Embryo donors did not show any clinical signs of FMD neither on the embryo collection date nor for the following thirty (30) days; and

    2. 3.2. have remained in a country or zone that is FMD-free without vaccination for at least three (3) months before the embryo collection date.

  4. In relation to Scrapie:

    1. 4.1 Female donors and their direct predecessors were born and raised in Australia or in any other country having the same health status as far as Scrapie is concerned; or

    2. 4.2 Female donors:

      1. 4.2.1 Were born and raised in a Scrapie-free farm or compartment, as defined in the pertinent chapter of the WOAH Terrestrial Code; and

      2. 4.2.2 Are not descendants or sisters of sheep affected by Scrapie; and

      3. 4.2.3 Are from an exporting country which has adopted the measures recommended in the WOAH Terrestrial code for the control and eradication of Scrapie.


  1. The embryo collection centre has been approved and supervised by the Veterinary Authority in Australia.

  2. In approving the embryo collection centre’s equipment and processing laboratories, the exporting country's Veterinary Authority has considered the "Conditions applicable to the embryo collection team" as well as the "Conditions applicable to processing laboratories" described in the WOAH Terrestrial Code.

  3. Embryos were collected and processed under the supervision of the authorised embryo collection team veterinarian.

  4. The embryo collection centre is not located at, and the embryo collection team have not acted in areas subject to health restrictions related to embryo-transmissible ovine/caprine diseases at the time embryos are collected.​


  1. Female donors were born and raised in Australia or have remained in Australia for at least ninety (90) days before the embryo collection date. In the case of imported animals, and as far as donor import is concerned, the exporting country must comply with the provisions of Chapters II - Exporting Country and V - Collection Facilities.

  2. Donors have not shown any signs or symptoms of species-related infectious-contagious diseases for at least thirty (30) days before and thirty (30) days after the embryo collection date.


  1. Donors have been resident at an establishment meeting the conditions noted below for at least thirty (30) days before and thirty (30) days after embryo collection:

    1. 11.1 The establishment was not located in areas subject to health restrictions related to embryo-transmissible ovine/caprine diseases at the time embryos are collected;

    2. 11.2 In the 30 Days prior to collection, only animals not showing clinical signs of ovine/caprine diseases and animals of equivalent health status entered the facilities;

    3. 11.3 No cases of Q fever were officially reported during the twelve (12) months preceding embryo collection;

    4. 11.4​ No cases of Ovine Epididymitis (B. ovis), and Blue Tongue Disease were officially reported during the six (6) months preceding embryo collection;

  2. Female donors were inseminated with semen meeting the health conditions imposed by MERCOSUR to import ovine or caprine semen.


  1. For the period running between twenty-one (21) and sixty (60) days after the last embryo collection date, and unless provided otherwise, donors underwent diagnostic tests and test negative for the following diseases:

    1. 13.1 OVINE EPIDIDYMITIS (B. ovis): Complement Fixation, ELISA or Agar-gel immunodiffusion (AGID).

    2. 13.2 BLUE TONGUE DISEASE: Agar-gel immunodiffusion (AGID) or ELISA to detect blue tongue virus antibodies, PCR, or virus isolation test;

    3. 13.3 CAPRINE ARTHRITIS AND ENCEPHALITIS: Agar-gel immunodiffusion (AGID) or ELISA.

      In the case of PCR or virus isolation, the test was carried out on the embryo collection date.


  1. Embryos were collected, processed and stored in the exporting country in line with the recommendations provided for in the WOAH Terrestrial Code and in the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) Manual. The protocol provided for therein, which includes embryo treatment with trypsin, was used in all cases.

  2. After washing the embryos were examined over their entire surface area at no less than 50X magnification and proven to have an intact zona pellucida that is free of adherent material.

  3. Products used in the collection or production of embryos were free from pathogenic agents. Only bovine foetal serum, serum albumin or any other product obtained from ruminants was used, and came from countries which have been recognized by the WOAH as posing a negligible or controlled risk and with no recorded cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

  4. Embryos were kept in new or rinsed and disinfected cryogenic containers with unused nitrogen for a minimum of thirty (30) days before shipment. No clinical evidence of any transmissible disease was recorded in the establishment where embryos were collected or in the donors.


  1. The cryogenic container with the embryos to be exported was sealed before exiting the establishment. Sealing was supervised by the Veterinary Authority in the exporting country.

  2. A pre-shipment inspection at the point of departure in Australia was conducted and verified that the cryogenic container with the frozen embryos and seals have not been tampered with.

Seal number: _______________________________________

Place of Issue: _______________________________________



Name and Address of the Embryo Collection Centre (ECC) or Team_______________________________________

Country of origin of embryos_______________________________________

ECC or team registration number_______________________________________

Number of cryogenic containers (numbers and letters) _______________________________________

Means of transport _______________________________________

Point of departure from Australia _______________________________________

Regarding the female donor animal(s):

Female donor name / registration No.Male donor name / registration No.BreedCollection dateNumber of embryosStraw identification*

*Straws only contain embryos obtained during a single collection procedure.

DiseaseTest / Assay Type**DonorDateResult
Ovine EpididymitisFC/ELISA/AGID
Blue Tongue DiseaseAGID/ELISA/PCR/Virus isolation
Caprine Arthritis and EncephalitisAGID/ELISA

Other requirements

Embryo transfer veterinarian declaration

A declaration by the accredited embryo transfer veterinarian is required for assessment of this export.

This template (DOCX 47 KB​​ | PDF 200 KB) provides the format for the Embryo Transfer Veterinarian declaration (ETVD) for the export of sheep and goats embryos to Uruguay.

Basis for Micor Entry

Based on health conditions agreed in February 2023.

Entry last reviewed 2 March 2023.

Latest updates

21/06/2023 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 22/06/2023 12:01 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:40 PM