Handling animal products for export at wharves
Find out the requirements for operating under a risk management programme or the Wharf regulated control scheme, including documenting your procedures, using the template, verification and registration.
Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) or Risk Management Programme (RMP)
As a wharf operator you can choose to operate under either the Wharf RCS or a registered RMP. The Wharf RCS is an alternative to an RMP. There is no requirement to operate under the Wharf RCS, but if you don’t, then you must operate under a registered RMP covering the wharf where you operate.
Operating under an RMP
If you decide to operate under an RMP, then it must be registered with MPI.
Find out more about developing and registering an RMP:
A list of all registered RMPs for animal products is maintained by MPI.
Operating under the Wharf RCS
The RCS applies only if you handle animal product or material that is intended for export using an official assurance (export certificate).
Wharf RCS legislation
The legal requirements you meet when you operate under the Wharf RCS are set out in the following Notices and their amendments.
Effective from 1 August 2018.
- Regulated Control Scheme - Transportation and Handling of Products for Export with an Official Assurance – Animal Products Notice 2018 [PDF, 521 KB]
- Export Requirements for Transportation of Products for Export with an Official Assurance – Animal Products Notice 2018 [PDF, 437 KB]
The legislation is enabled in the 2009 Notice.
- Animal Products (Transport of Export Animal Products and Handling at Point of Export) Notice 2009 [PDF, 56 KB]
The requirements are specified in the 2010 Notice.
- Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme – Handling of Animal Products and Animal Material at Wharves) Notice 2010 [PDF, 41 KB]
Documenting your Wharf RCS
To comply with the Wharf RCS requirements, you need to develop and operate under a documented system. You may develop your system by using one of the following:
- the Wharf RCS template
- your current documented procedures and amending them where necessary to comply with the legal requirements of the Wharf RCS.
For most operators, using the Wharf RCS template is the easier option.
Once your procedures – such as how you handle the product, cleaning and maintenance – are documented, you need to implement and follow them. This includes keeping relevant records.
Using the Wharf RCS template
MPI has developed a template that provides a simple way for you to document your system in order to meet the requirements of the RCS. By complying with the requirements and procedures in the template, you meet the requirements of the Wharf RCS.
The template is accompanied by guidance to assist you with completing it.
Getting your RCS verified
Before your documented system can be registered with MPI as a Wharf RCS, it needs to be checked by a recognised verifier.
The verification requirements are outlined in the Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme – Handling of Animal Products and Animal Material at Wharves) Notice 2010.
Find out more about agencies and individuals recognised for this work:
Verification – how often it happens
After the initial verification, your verifier checks your RCS from time to time to ensure you are complying with the legal requirements and following the procedures in your documented system. Verification is performance based. Therefore, if the outcome of your audit is unacceptable, then the frequency of the audits is likely to increase.
Fees and charges for verification
You pay for verification audits. The overall cost depends on the complexity and size of your operation. Charges include the verifier’s time relating to the verification. This includes time for preparation, the on-site visit, travel costs and writing up the result of the verification.
Find out more about fees and charges and how they are set:
Registering as a Wharf RCS operator
Once your RCS has had its initial verification you need to apply to MPI to register as a Wharf RCS operator. You can do this using Form AP10.
- AP10 – Registration of Wharf Operator [PDF, 183 KB]
List of registered Wharf RCS operators
MPI maintains a list of all wharf operators registered under the RCS. You can see the full list or search for operators by clicking on the following link.
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