Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you work with any animal pathogens specified in the regulations, for example foot and mouth disease, you must have a SAPO licence (Specified Animal Pathogen Order).
Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own regulations designed to prevent the spread of animal pathogens and to ensure they are handled in a way that prevents infection.
Your licence will require:
Inspections of premises covered by a SAPO licence are carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, or Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland.
Information on the controls on animal pathogens can be found on the GOV.UK website.
In Northern Ireland you can apply for a SAPO Licence, and submit general enquiries to:
Department of Agriculture and Rural development
Upper Newtownards Road
Tel: 028 9052 4999
In Scotland you can apply for a SAPO licence and submit general enquiries to:
SG Rural Directorate
Animal Health and Welfare
47 Robs Loan
The Scottish Government has produced a range of guidance on the issues of animal health and welfare. This covers topics such as animal diseases and biosecurity for farm animals.
Animal Welfare Scotland protects farmed animals from animal pathogen and zoonoses and therefore protects human health from cross infection.
Waste materials from your laboratory may contain parts of animals and materials that are classed as animal by-products.
Animal by-products that have been used in research activities, or which could have been infected with diseases during experiments must be treated as Category 1 (high risk) animal by-products.
Category 1 material must be disposed of by:
You can find out about dealing with animal by-products in our guidance:
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