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.

The legislation is enabled in the 2009 Notice.

The requirements are specified in the 2010 Notice.

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.

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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