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International trade: artificial breeding controls (ABC)

Bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine animals for use in artificial breeding may need some approval from the competent authorities. Collection, storage and trade in germplasm may also need approval.

For further information please see the links below.

To seek guidance on the requirements and application procedures you should contact the relevant unit.

ABC policy

Requirements for the collection of semen and embryos for European Community (EC) trade are laid down in the relevant EU Directives.

ABC review

Further information

Information on developments and issues that affect EC and domestic trade of semen and embryos is available in Customer Information Notes (CINs).

Page last modified: December 20, 2006
Page published: November 22, 2006

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