Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection

Apply for approval of a facility or facility for animal by-products

Companies need a license for certain activities when handling animal by-products.

Important notes


The systems must meet the respective requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009 and the respective requirements of Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011. Furthermore, the systems must meet the requirements for the processing, treatment and disposal of animal by-products specified in Part 4 of the Ordinance for the Implementation of the Animal By-Products Disposal Act (Animal By-Products Disposal Ordinance - TierNebV).

Documents required

  • Copy of ID document
  • Site plan of the facility/company
    • In the case of biogas plants and composting plants, if foreign manure is used, the sufficient separation of livestock and plant must be evident)
  • Floor plan of the building(s) (only one floor plan is required for biogas and composting plants)
  • vermin control plan
  • HACCP concept (pet food plants or treatment/storage of several categories of animal by-products/derived products)
  • Facility Description

Please note

There are no hints or special features.


The application for approval must be submitted before starting work.

Procedure & Fees


  • You submit the application for approval, including all necessary documents, to the competent authority
  • After the application and preliminary examination, a site visit is carried out to check whether the requirements relevant to the individual case have been met.
  • When assessing the approval requirements of a company, the competent authority can consult veterinary experts. It is possible to involve other non-veterinary experts.
  • The administrative procedure is completed by issuing a notification of admission.
  • With the approval, the company receives an individual, published approval number for ABP (animal by-products) companies, which also identifies it in the commercial documents and mandatory records in commercial transactions.

Processing time

There is no statutory processing period.



Legal notes

Legal remedies

  • contradiction

  • Administrative lawsuit

Legal basis

Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009

Service description

All animal-derived residues that are not suitable or intended for human consumption are animal by-products. These should be recycled and disposed of safely in such a way that neither the health of humans and animals nor the environment are endangered. For this purpose, the animal by-products are divided into three risk categories according to the degree of risk they pose to human and animal health, which are to be processed or disposed of differently (Articles 7-10 of Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009) .
A license is required for certain activities involving the handling of animal by-products. If you want to carry out one of the following activities, you need a permit from the competent authority beforehand:

  • Processing of animal by-products by pressure sterilization, by processing methods according to Article 15 paragraph 1 subparagraph 1 letter b of VO (EG) 1069/2009 or approved alternative methods according to Article 20 VO (EG) 1069/2009
  • Disposal as waste by incineration of animal by-products and derived products, except in relation to plants or operations that have an operating license in accordance with Directive 2000/76/EC
  • Disposal or recovery of animal by-products and derived products, if they are waste, through co-incineration, except in relation to plants or establishments that have an operating license in accordance with Directive 2000/76/EC
  • Use of animal by-products and derived products as fuel
  • Manufacture of pet food
  • Manufacture of organic fertilizers and soil improvers
  • Conversion of animal by-products and/or derived products into biogas or compost (biogas plant and composting plants)
  • Treatment of animal by-products after their collection, in the form of operations such as sorting, cutting, chilling, freezing, salting, removal of skins and skins or of specified risk material
  • storage of derived products

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Address and contact information


Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection
Veterinary Affairs
Billstraße 80a 20539 Hamburg

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S2 / S21 Rothenburgsort, buses 120/122/124/130/160/224/530 Rothenburgsort

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