Accept Refuse

EUR-Lex Access to European Union law

This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website

Document 32009R1069

Animal by-products not intended for human consumption

Go to the summaries’ table of contents

SURVEY: Tell us what you think about the summaries!

Animal by-products not intended for human consumption


Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 – health rules for animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption



It lays down public health and animal health rules for animal by-products* and derived products*. These are designed to prevent and minimise risks to human and animal health and to ensure the food and feed chain is safe.


  • The legislation applies to
    • animal by-products and derived products which, by law, may not be used for human consumption
    • animal-origin products which may be used for human consumption but are instead used for other purposes
    • raw materials to manufacture animal origin products.
  • Producers of both forms of product must ensure they comply with the legislation from the start to the end of the manufacturing chain.
  • They must keep a record of the products they despatch, transport or receive, along with the required documentation.
  • They must inform national authorities of the products and premises they use during the manufacturing chain. The latter must meet certain hygiene standards and require formal approval.
  • EU countries operate official checks to ensure producers collect, identify and transport animal by-products without delay and treat, use or dispose of them according to the rules.
  • Derived products, such as cosmetics, medical devices and veterinary medicines, which comply with other pieces of EU legislation, may be offered for sale when they reach the end of the manufacturing chain.
  • Animal by-products are graded in 3 categories depending on the level of health risk they pose to the public or animals. These determine how they should be disposed of or recovered.
  • Restrictions exist on the use of both forms of products. For instance, they may not be used to feed animals or farmed fish of the same species.
  • Imports of both products must satisfy EU standards.
  • A ban exists on the export of both products for incineration or landfill, or to countries which are not members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for use in a biogas or composting plant.

In 2013, the legislation was amended to give Mayotte, as a new outermost region of the EU, until 1 January 2021 to comply with its rules.


It applies from 4 March 2011.


EU rules on animal by-products (ABPs) on the European Commission's website.


* Animal by-products: entire bodies or parts of animals which are not intended for human consumption.

* Derived products: items obtained from processing of animal by-products.


Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 (Animal by-products Regulation) (OJ L 300, 14.11.2009, pp. 1–33)

The successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 26.01.2016