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Recognition of qualifications acquired abroad for the artificial reproduction of animals

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Section 29 of the Animal Welfare Act (247/1996) lays down provisions on the professional skills required for artificial insemination of bovines, pigs, sheep, goats, Equidae, foxes and raccoon dogs as well as the professional skills required for embryo transfer of bovines and Equidae.

According to section 30 of the Animal Welfare Act, in cases covered by the Act on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, the Finnish Food Authority decides on the right of someone with professional qualifications acquired abroad to perform tasks related to artificial insemination or embryo transfer of animals in accordance with the act in question.

Do the following

Send a free-form application to the Finnish Food Authority to obtain the right to work in tasks related to artificial insemination or embryo transfer of animals in Finland.

The application must state the name, contact details and home municipality of the applicant, and the topic of the application. If you have a Finnish personal identity code, state it in the application.

Required attachments:

• an officially certified copy of the degree certificate and its attachments (transcript of records)

• an official translation of the degree certificate, if the certificate has been issued in a language other than Swedish or English

• if the applicant’s current first or last name differs from the name in the attachments, they must also provide a copy of a document verifying the change of name.

Officially certified means a copy authenticated by a notary public or a so-called Apostille certificate.

An authorised translation means a translation made by an authorised translator.

Further information (in Finnish): https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/viljelijat/elaintenpito/elainten-hyvinvointi/keinollinen-lisaaminen/

To whom and on what terms

In order to become authorised, the applicant must have professional qualifications acquired abroad that correspond to a degree that contains the professional skills required for artificial insemination confirmed by the Finnish National Agency for Education, or to a part of such a degree, or to a degree that contains the professional skills required for artificial insemination and the part of a degree that includes the professional skills required for embryo transfer.

To become authorised, the applicant must submit an application and the attachments specified above.

A fee is charged for the service.

The pricing is based on hourly fees.


Deadline

Apply for the authorisation well in advance before you intend to start working in tasks related to artificial insemination or embryo transfer of animals in Finland.

Processing time

The licence application is processed within four months after it has been received.

Period of validity

The permit is valid until further notice.

Background information

Act on Recognition of Professional Qualifications (1384/2015) (in Finnish)

Animal Welfare Act (247/1996) 29 §, 30 § (in Finnish)

Basic information

The service is provided byFinnish Food Authority
Responsible for the serviceFinnish Food Authority
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Finnish Food Authority
Updated: 5/11/2021