The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/118)

Jurisdiction:  Scotland

Commencement:   23rd May 2019

Amends:   The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Regulations 2010

Mini Summary

These Regulations enforce Regulation (EC) No. 999/2001 which lays down rules for prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and scrapie in sheep and goats.



Adjustments are made to correct out of date references to the 2010 Regulations. This is to ensure that definitions of certain EU Regulations are up to date:


New requirements are inserted to these Regulations for an inspector to serve notices and detailing what the additional notice can require a premises to do to comply. These include serving a notice on the person in charge of a slaughterhouse or a vehicle.

The following Schedules are updated: 

  • Schedule 2, Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) monitoring, removes the requirement for notification of the body of a goat (paragraph 1) and the slaughter of bovine animals (animals of the cattle group, including cows) (paragraph 12). 
  • Part 2 of Schedule 2, Contents of the RMOP, is removed as this is no longer relevant.
  • Schedule 4, Control and eradication of TSE in sheep and goats, makes the following changes:
    • Current information on confirmation of atypical scrapie in sheep or goats is updated and replaced with newer requirements stating the Scottish Ministers must serve a notice informing the occupier if TSE in suspected in a sheep or goat.
    • Common grazing removes references to Regulation (EC) 999/2001 rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and replaces information stating Scottish Ministers may limit movement restrictions and killing to an individual flock or herd.
    • Multiple flocks on a holding is updated to allow Scottish Ministers to limit movement restrictions and killing to a flock or herd.
  • Schedule 6, Feedingstuffs, is replaced with a revised version. This details requirements for feedingstuffs, including the killing of animals that have had access to unlawful feedingstuffs, compensation, and restriction and disposal of unlawful feedingstuffs.
  • Schedule 7, Specified risk material, mechanically separated meat and slaughtering techniques, is updated to make the following changes:
    • The requirement to keep training records for as long as a person works there is removed.
    • A visible stripe is required for identifying carcases of bovine animals in a slaughterhouse.
    • Newly created Paragraph 12A, Authorisation of alternative method of removal, is inserted, stating Food Standards Scotland may authorise an alternative method of removal at a premise, provided that the occupier of the premises demonstrates satisfactory objective methods, use of equipment, and the use of trained people.
    • The requirements that Food Standards Scotland may authorise a cutting plant to perform removal of specified risk material* (SRM) are updated – SRM being parts of cattle, sheep and goats that are likely to pose a risk of infectivity if the animal was infected with a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy disease.
    • New requirements are introduced to detail the new requirements for staining SRM in order to make it clearly visible after it has been chilled or frozen.
    • Newly created Paragraph 19, Determination of the age of sheep or goats, is inserted to give a definition of age over twelve months, meaning that the Scottish Ministers have used techniques to identify the animal is older than twelve months.

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