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EU animal by-products regulation: competent authority authorisations

The EU Animal By-Products Regulation allows member states to derogate from the basic framework of animal by-products controls in specified areas provided certain conditions are met. Some types of derogation are provided for directly in the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013. Others will be the subject of an authorisation issued by the Scottish Ministers.

EU animal by-products regulation: competent authority authorisations
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D12: authorisation to exempt certain operators (those handling/generating game trophies etc or handling/disposing of research and diagnostic samples for educational purposes; transporting dry untreated wool and hair or; using small quantities of certain category 2/3 material) from the requirement to register

Dated: 24 January 2014 (last updated: 16 December 2014)

Authorisation D12

The Scottish Ministers for the Scottish Government, acting as the Competent Authority for Scotland in respect of the following EU Regulations:

  • Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009* of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down health rules as regards animal byproducts and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011* of 25 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Authorisation to exempt certain operators (those handling/generating game trophies etc or handling/disposing of research and diagnostic samples for educational purposes; transporting dry untreated wool and hair or; using small quantities of certain category 2/3 material) from the requirement to register

In accordance with Article 23(4) of Regulation (EC) 1069/2009 as read with Article 20(4) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011, the Scottish Ministers authorise by way of derogation from Article 23(1)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 that the following are exempt from the obligation to notify with a view to registration:

(a) operators handling or generating game trophies or other preparations referred to in Chapter VI of Annex XIII of Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 for private or non-commercial purposes

(b) operators handling or disposing research and diagnostic samples for educational purposes

(c) operators transporting dry untreated wool and hair, provided they are securely enclosed in packaging, and directly dispatched to a plant producing derived products for uses outside the feed chain or to a plant carrying out intermediate operations, under conditions which prevent the spreading of pathogenic agents; and

(d) operators** using less than 20 kg per week of category 2 and 3 animal byproducts (except those used as feed for farmed animals), or products derived from them, for direct supply within Scotland (and the rest of the UK under similar authorisations) to the final user, the local market or to the local retail establishments, provided this does not pose a risk of spreading serious transmissible disease to humans or animals:
i. making home-made musical instruments strings or traditional bow strings/ racquet strings from pig/avian gut
ii. making drum skins from UK-sourced raw skins
iii. making beeswax products
iv. making tallow candles
v. artistic use of ABPs e.g. making bird claw broaches, “lucky” rabbits’ feet
vi. using antlers, buffalo or sheep horn to produce walking sticks etc.
vii. blowing eggs from ducks, geese, emus etc. for craft purposes
viii. curing horse tails for use on rocking horses
ix. carrying out domestic taxidermy operations

This authorisation applies in Scotland.

*Enforced in Scotland by the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013
**Operators not covered by this list should contact their local Animal Health Office for consideration of the need to register their activity or to add it to this list as an exemption.