Publication - Advice and guidance

Animal by-products: disposal guidance

Published: 30 Jan 2017

Strict regulations designed to prevent harm to people, animals and the environment.

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Animal by-products: disposal guidance
Overview

Overview

Animal by-products (ABPs) are entire animal bodies, parts of animals, products of animal origin or other products obtained from animals that are not fit or intended for human consumption. They must be dealt with in accordance with strict regulations designed to prevent harm to people, animals and the environment.

Legislation

The EU Animal By-Product Regulation 1069/2009 and its accompanying implementing Commission Regulation 142/2011 came into force in Scotland on 4 March 2011 and among other measures prohibits the burial or burning of fallen stock on-farm. The EU Regulations are implemented by the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and the Animal By-Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

The Competent Authority Authorisations provide derogations not covered in the above legislation.

Guidance

This guidance covers:

  • animal by-products registered and approved premises
  • fallen stock and other animal carcases

  • aquaculture animal by-product guidance

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is responsible for inspecting animal by-product operators in Scotland, and can provide detailed guidance on the requirements they need to meet.

Guidance on the use, disposal, transport, handling and storage of animal by-products is available on the animal by-products section of gov.uk