Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Laboratories, particularly in the biological sciences, are often involved in activities which result in the use and production of
materials which are classed as animal by-products.
This includes entire animal bodies, parts of animals, blood, fluids or any products of animal origin that are not intended for human consumption.
The Animal By-Products Regulations are aimed at protecting human and animal health and the environment.
They contain rules for the collection, storage, handling, processing, use and disposal of animal by-products. They also control the marketing, export and transit of animal by-products and products derived from them.
If you produce, or intend to use animal by-products for research, diagnostic or educational purposes you must have an authorisation from:
Northern Ireland: DAERA: List of Approved Premises and Operators
You must store and dispose of all waste material of animal origin from laboratories according to the Animal By-Products Regulations. Waste material from educational establishments is subject to the same regulations that apply to businesses.
Animal by-products produced in animal experiments are classed as very high risk Category 1 material and you must dispose of them accordingly. For more detailed information see the NetRegs guidance.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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