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OCQ(V) - GX (Germinal Products Exports)

The OCQ(V) - GX (Germinal Products Exports) covers the export of germinal products (formerly known as germplasm), including supervision of AI centres.

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Useful facts for OCQ(V) - GX

Prerequisite OCQ(V)s for GX


OCQ(V)s that GX is a prerequisite for


CPD hours awarded on completion of the course

Ten hours

Revalidation frequency

Every four years


£199 plus VAT

Course presentation


Exports permitted with OCQ(V) - GX

Qualification Permitted Exports

Germinal products were previously known as 'germplasm'.

Please note: There may be some exceptions to this, where an OV qualification is not required by certain countries for some types of export (for example, mice semen). This should be checked with CIT Carlisle and the import country.

Overview of training for OCQ(V) - GX

The training for the OCQ(V) - GX is all provided online. Topics covered include:

  • Procedures and requirements for the export of germinal products with particular reference to variation of procedural and documentary requirements related to country of destination, transit countries and species and their relevance to the Authorised Veterinarian and/or OV
  • Legal, professional and APHA requirements and procedures relevant to the Authorised Veterinarian/OV undertaking export certification for germinal products – including detailed consideration of species-specific requirements
  • The legal and professional responsibilities of the Authorised Veterinarian/OV relating to safeguarding the welfare of donor animals entering and/or residing within germinal product establishments
  • The development of skills required for the resolution of queries/problems relevant to the export of germinal products
  • Familiarisation with Defra, APHA and other websites providing relevant information to refresh knowledge

Please note: before applying for the OCQ(V) - GX course, you are required to hold the OCQ(V) - ES and OCQ(V) - EX qualifications, as these are both prerequisite courses for the OCQ(V) - GX.

Revalidation of OCQ(V) - GX

You are required to undergo revalidation for OCQ(V) - GX every four years.

To view the requirements for the OCQ(V) - GXr (Germinal Products Exports revalidation) course, click here.

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