Possibility for producers of processed animal protein (PAP) products to get GMP+ certified

Thursday, October 31, 2019

EU legislation imposes certain restrictions on the processing of PAP products in feed. However, the same restrictions may not be applicable in other countries. GMP+ International wishes to clarify what this means for its certified companies across the world.

In the past months, GMP+ International was contacted by companies producing processed animal protein (PAP) to inquire whether they can be certified under GMP+ FSA certification. As a result of this, we would like to provide some clarity about the topic.

What are PAPs?

In the context of the GMP+ FSA scheme, processed animal protein (intended for animal consumption) means animal protein which has been treated so as to render it suitable for direct use as a feed or as an ingredient in a feed for animals. It includes fishmeal, meatmeal, bonemeal, hoofmeal, hornmeal, bloodmeal, feathermeal, dry greaves and other similar products including mixtures containing these product.

Can companies producing of processing PAPs become GMP+FSA certified?

If they meet all requirements laid down in the applicable GMP+ FSA standard, yes. The GMP+ FSA scheme focuses on ensuring the safety of feed products throughout the supply chain. However, GMP+ certification is not a license to use to PAP in feed. When in a certain country the application of PAP in feed is forbidden, the company must respect the requirements set by their countries’ national legislation.

Do I need special permissions to work with PAPs?

In most countries, competent national authorities play a crucial role in permitting companies to set up facilities where animal protein is processed. It is important that participants have acquired the required permissions from their national authorities prior to getting certified.

For more information click here or see GMP+ D3.5 Where does GMP+ FSA certification start? Section 4.1.9.