The legal regulations on the handling of animal by-products concern the obligation to properly dispose of dead animals and the treatment or disposal of other animal by-products (parts derived from the animal and residual materials that are not suitable or intended for human consumption), in particular to prevent animal diseases or to distinguish them from foodstuffs intended for human consumption. These substances are to be recycled and disposed of safely in such a way that neither the health of humans and animals nor the environment are endangered.
In principle, all users of animal by-products and derived products are obliged to register them. Upon application by the operator, the establishments or activities must be approved or registered. This document only describes the approval of establishments.
The approval procedure begins with the submission of the documents to the locally responsible district administrative authority (district office or independent city) or control authority for food safety and veterinary affairs (KBLV), which carries out a preliminary examination. If the application for approval has not been sent directly to the responsible approval authority (e.g. government), it will be forwarded there.
After the application has been submitted and the preliminary examination has been carried out, a site visit is made to check whether the requirements relevant to the individual case have been met.
When assessing the approval requirements of a farm, the competent authority may consult veterinary experts. The involvement of further, non-veterinary experts is possible.
The administrative procedure is concluded by the issuance of an approval notice.
With the approval, the establishment receives an individual, published approval number for ABP (animal by-products) establishments, which also identifies it in the commercial documents and obligatory records in commercial transactions.