Embryos are an efficient, cost effective and safe way to move genetics throughout the world. Thanks to cutting edge research, embryos that are processed according to the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) standards by certified and accredited embryo transfer practitioners can be exported to most countries around the world. IETS washed embryos pose zero risk for the transmission of any known disease, including BSE and foot and mouth. The washing of the embryos with outer shells (zona pellucida) that are intact with an enzyme called trypsin, removes any potential viral and / or bacterial agents. Only embryos that are processed in approved laboratories (mobile or fixed) by ET practitioners that are CETA certified and approved by CFIA can be exported. I recommend that all embryos be washed by approved ET teams to ensure that they will qualify for future export in case markets become available in the future. To maintain export status, the embryos must be stored under the direct supervision of an approved ET practitioner. Embryos stored on farm with your semen will lose their qualification.
If embryos are produced for a specific market, you should have your ET practitioner check on specific requirements such as donor testing and special semen qualification. Although most countries accept washed embryos, some such as China, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and Japan have additional requirements.