Introducing ICAR

The International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) which was formed on March 9th, 1951, in Rome. ICAR now strives to be the leading global provider of Guidelines, Standards and Certification for animal identification, animal recording and animal evaluation. ICAR wants to improve the profitability, and sustainability of farm animal production by:

  • Establishing and maintaining guidelines and standards for best practice in all aspects of animal identification and recording.
  • Certifying equipment, and processes used in animal identification, recording and genetic evaluations.
  • Stimulating and leading: continuous improvement, innovation, research, knowledge development, and knowledge exchange.

Providing services essential to achieving international collaboration in key aspects of animal recording and animal breeding.


ICAR, an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO), provides an open yet secure network to share with, learn from and interact with fellow members and related stakeholders in global animal production. By cooperating, sharing and enabling, ICAR strives to stimulate animal production around the globe that is more sustainable and efficient than the sum of the individual contributions.


ICAR is composed of 117 Members from 59 countries. With the Guidelines and services, ICAR helps the creation of quality based animal production systems around the world; connected systems that are beneficial to both our 87 full members, our 30 associate members as well as farmers, legislators and consumers. This way, ICAR wants to contribute to a sustainable food chain, while keeping in mind what is beneficial to the open markets long term. We believe that an unbiased scientific approach provides the right fundamental framework for these common systems. We do our work with the highest respect to human and animal integrity and welfare.


With the continuous improvement of animal production systems, ICAR seeks to help its members to become or remain competitive, so they can provide relevant services to their stakeholders (primarily farmers and ultimately consumers). We focus on groundbreaking innovations by facilitating and discussing research, thinking of new technologies and their impact on our guidelines and services.


ICAR is there for its members, both in developed and emerging markets: farm and breeding organizations facilitating ‘their’ local farmers in data-recording and evaluation of production animals. Ultimately this data should help farmers to make management (including breeding) decisions and produce healthy, safe and sustainable food in a valuable way. Therefore, ICAR cooperates closely with those organizations that provide products and services to our members in the recording and genetic process and in farm management information.

The Proficiency Test for milk laboratories (March 2016) finalised

Finalized the second round in 2016 of the milk labsoratories Proficiency Test 2016 (September round). The reports are now available here...

40th ICAR Session, Puerto Varas (Chile) 24-28 October 2016

The Abstracts and the presentations of the 40th ICAR Biennial Session in 2016 (24-28 Ocober iin Puerto Varas, Chile) are avaialble as PDF files

Two new DNA-based services for members and Genetic laboratories

Two new DNA-based services: the Parentage SNP Exchange (“GenoEx-PSE”) and the accreditation of DNA Data Interpretation Centres ...

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