Animal breeding techniques

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you use breeding techniques on animals? In the Netherlands breeding techniques may not cause the animal unnecessary pain, injury, stress or any other distress. Animal egg cells and embryos may only be removed and transferred by someone with a professional qualification. Only recognised semen collection centres may collect sperm.

Applying for recognition or registering

If your company works with sperm, egg cells or embryos, you should apply for recognition to or register with the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA).

Recognition applies to handling of semen, egg cells and embryos of:

  • cattle
  • horses (in Dutch)
  • goats and sheep
  • pigs

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can apply for a certification of your sperm collection centre also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO