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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

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Aim:

BIOSECURITY AND DISEASE CONTROL

MC.BD.1 Key

Standards

A site-specific biosecurity policy must be documented and implemented (Revised)

How you will be measured

MC.BD.1.a

Risks and control measures for all the activities on site, personnel and visitors are specified.

MC.BD.1.b

Map of site with risks and control points (activity to reduce the risks, e.g. footbaths).

MC.BD.1.c

A record is kept of site personnel contact with livestock outside of the site.

MC.BD.1.d

Name and contact of Biosecurity Officer visible in collection centre.
  • Biosecurity policy
  • Biosecurity control points map
  • Livestock contact record

MC.BD.2

Standards

Systems are in place to prevent contact between the livestock on-site and other livestock

MC.BD.3

Standards

Where sites are used for pig gatherings, measures are in place to limit the spread of disease between pigs and other species. (Revised)

How you will be measured

MC.BD.3.a

During pig gatherings the facilities used are dedicated to pigs (pens, walkways, loading ramps).

MC.BD.3.b

For multi species gatherings, pig facilities may only be used for other species, once the last pig has left the site.

MC.BD.3.c

Pig facilities are only used for other species when effective biosecurity measures are in place.
  • Biosecurity Policy
  • Cleansing and disinfecting records

MC.BD.4

Standards

Records of cleansing and disinfecting must be kept, and retained for at least 12 months

How you will be measured

MC.BD.4.a

Records include who, areas cleaned, date, chemicals and disinfectants used.

Cleansing and disinfecting records

MC.BD.5

Standards

Signs notifying users that public access to livestock and loading areas is restricted must be visible (New)

MC.BD.6

Standards

Personnel must wear clean footwear and outer clothing at the start of each gathering

MC.BD.7

Standards

Facilities to cleanse and disinfect footwear and wash hands must be available to all site users (Revised)

How you will be measured

MC.BD.7.a

Footwear cleaning facilities at the entrance and exit of the livestock areas are well maintained and fit for use.

MC.BD.7.b

Well-maintained hand washing facilities, including soap and a means of drying hands.

MC.BD.8 Key

Standards

Livestock vehicles that unload cattle and sheep must be cleansed and disinfected after use

How you will be measured

MC.BD.8.a

Vehicles that unload catle and sheep are cleansed and disinfected on site or a declaration is signed to confirm they will cleanse and disinfect elsewhere.

A list of farmers and hauliers’ details who are cleansing and disinfecting off site.

MC.BD.9

Standards

Livestock vehicles that unload pigs at the site must be cleansed and disinfected on site and no derogations to clean offsite are given

How you will be measured

MC.BD.9.a

Records of visual checks of pig transport post cleansing by site personnel.

MC.BD.10

Standards

During a gathering of pigs, there must be a system in place to ensure vehicles used to transport pigs can be cleansed and disinfected without the risk of cross contamination from other vehicles

MC.BD.11

Standards

Suitable disinfectants must be used to disinfect site, vehicles and for footwear disinfecting facilities

How you will be measured

MC.BD.11.a

DEFRA approved disinfectants for the species handled are used at the correct dilution rate to meet the requirements of the biosecurity plan.
  • Chemical datasheets
  • Dilution charts

MC.BD.12

Standards

Fallen stock must be stored appropriately

How you will be measured

MC.BD.12.a

Cattle and sheep carcases covered and stored away from other livestock, the general public and in a manner that protects them from vermin.

MC.BD.12.b

Carcases collected by or taken to a licensed fallen stock collector or disposed of via a licensed incinerator.

MC.BD.12.c

Pig carcases are stored in locked containers.
  • Site used marked on site map
  • Collection records
  • Contract with fallen stock company

MC.BD.13 Key

Standards

Animal derived wastes must be stored appropriately

How you will be measured

MC.BD.13.a

Dirty water is stored in a non-permeable store.

MC.BD.13.b

Solid wastes (e.g. bedding, manure) are stored on a solid surface pending disposal with a means of capturing any run-off.

MC.BD.14

Standards

Animal derived wastes must be disposed of appropriately

How you will be measured

MC.BD.14.a

Wastes are disposed of in accordance with the AGO licence conditions.

MC.BD.14.b

Wash/waste water inc. transport wash water are disposed of in accordance with Local Authority requirements.

MC.BD.14.c

Waste disposal records are kept detailing route of disposal, dates and volume.
  • Agreement or contract with company, relevant government agency or landowner
  • Discharge permit
  • Waste disposal records

MC.BD.15 Key

Standards

All wastes, other than animal derived, must be disposed of appropriately

How you will be measured

MC.BD.15.a

Wastes are disposed of by registered waste carriers.

Waste disposal records

MC.BD.16

Standards

Pig gatherings do not occur on livestock farms