IAAA are recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) as the competent authority in accordance with the EU Animal Breeding Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/1012). 

Breeders who are participating in the IAAA breeding programme will have the right to receive zootechnical certificates for their breeding animals covered by the breeding programme and for the germinal products of those animals.

Zootechnical certificates will accompany breeding animals or the germinal products thereof where they are traded or entered into the Union in view of an entry or registration of those animals or of the progeny produced from those germinal products in other breeding books or breeding registers. Zootechnical certificates will inform the breeder about the identification, genetic quality and the pedigree of the acquired animal.

IAAA will be responsible for implementing official controls in order to verify compliance with the rules set out in this Regulation and the requirements laid down in the approved breeding programme.