All EU measures on animal by-products are based on sound, independent and transparent scientific advice given by the European Food Safety Authority and opinions from leading experts. EFSA publications are available on the EFSA publications website.
In accordance with Article 20 of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 the procedure for authorisation of an alternative method of use or disposal of animal by-products or derived products may be initiated either by the Commission or, following an application, by a Member State or by an interested party.
The application for authorisation of alternative methods for the use or disposal of animal by-products or derived products shall be submitted in accordance with provision of Article 16 and Annex VII to Regulation EU 142/2011.
In addition, EFSA has published a statement on the format for applications for new alternative methods for animal by-products. Applications should be submitted to the national competent authority of an EU country. EFSA carries out the risk assessment whilst the European Commission provides the risk management and decides whether or not to authorise the alternative method.
EFSA scientific opinions on alternative methods for use or disposal of animal by-products or derived products are available (please, search EFSA publications-page for additional alternative processing methods):
- Inactivation of indicator microorganisms and biological hazards by standard and/or alternative processing methods in Category 2 and 3 animal by‐products and derived products to be used as organic fertilisers and/or soil improvers
- Lime Treatment of Solid Pig and Poultry Manure
- Neste Oil Application for a new alternative method of disposal or use of Animal By-Products
- Abiotic risks for public and animal health of glycerine as co-product from the biodiesel production from Category 1 animal by-products (ABP) and vegetable oils
- Evaluation of a new processing method for ABP Category 2 materials of fish origin
EFSA has assessed also the following containment methods: