Certificates of competence for animal transport

UK - There has been considerable concern expressed recently regarding certificates of competence which will be required for all involved in moving livestock from January 5, 2008.
calendar icon 23 November 2006
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National Pig Association

NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets & caterers - fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

The regulation and Defra both state that training is a necessary part of the process to acquire a certificate of competence. However, the regulation gives no information on what the training must comprise or how the training itself will be provided or assessed.

NFU believes that training - in the vast majority of cases - will not be necessary. It has been working with National Proficiency Test Council’ which is likely to be the main providers of the certificate. It has continued to emphasis the need to make this process as straightforward as possible, and that it is inappropriate to require farmers who may have been involved with livestock for many years to undergo training.

The requirement for a certificate of competenc is not subject to ‘grandfather rights,’ so everyone will have to have one. But they will last a lifetime. More details from NFU as they become available.

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