Operating your Risk Management Programme (RMP)
Once you have registered your RMP, it is your responsibility to comply with the Animal Products Act 1999. This page tells you how to run your registered RMP, make changes or cancel your RMP in line with the Act.
Once you have registered your RMP, it is your responsibility to keep records and ensure you comply with the duties laid out under the Animal Products Act 1999. These include:
- ensuring your RMP and operations comply with the Act
- adequately implementing and resourcing all operations
- ensuring all operations under the RMP are within the capability and capacity of the premises or place, facilities, equipment, and staff to deliver animal product that is fit for purpose
- giving verifiers the freedom and access they need to carry out their functions and activities
- notifying MPI if you change your recognised verifying agency or if circumstances change
- amending your RMP.
Failure to carry out your duties is a breach of the Animal Product Act, and could result in suspension or de-registration of the RMP, or prosecution. More information on the Animal Products Act can be found in the Policy & law section of this website.
For more information on operating your RMP, see the 'Operating the registered RMP' section of the RMP manual.
Making an amendment (change) to your RMP
You must register significant amendments to your RMP with MPI. Failure to register significant amendments to your RMP is in breach of the APA and could result in suspension or de-registration of the RMP, or prosecution.
You must notify MPI about certain minor amendments but you do not need to register them.
For more information on making an amendment to your RMP, see the 'Operating the registered RMP: amendments to the RMP' section of the RMP manual.
Conducting a product recall
Registered RMP holders are responsible for recalling or withdrawing a product from sale if it is found to be unsafe, unfit to eat, or contaminated.
For more information on recalls, see the 'RMP development: recall procedures' section of the RMP manual. Also see the Recalls & warnings section of this website.
Cancelling your RMP registration
If you want to permanently surrender your registered RMP, you must notify MPI, surrender the notice of registration to MPI and notify your recognised verification agency within 30 days.
For more information on cancelling your RMP registration, see the 'Ceasing registration of an RMP: surrender of registration' section of the RMP manual.
Suspending a business from an RMP
MPI can suspend part of or your whole operation from a registered RMP for up to three months if your RMP is no longer effective, or the product produced under your RMP does not meet requirements under the Animal Products Act.
For more information on suspending a business from an RMP, see the 'Ceasing registration of an RMP: suspension of registration' section of the RMP manual.
Deregistration of your RMP
MPI can deregister your RMP or remove any animal product business from a multi-business RMP if, for example, there have been repeated suspensions or a serious failure of operations.
For more information on deregistration of your RMP, see the 'Ceasing registration of an RMP: deregistration of the RMP' section of the RMP manual.