Implementation of PIA Plant Inspection Assistants

Guidance on the implementation of a Plant Inspection Assistant.

Under Regulation (EC) 854/2004 the Member States may permit slaughterhouse staff to take over the activities of official auxiliaries in controlling the production of poultry meat.

Food business operators in Scotland wishing to implement the PIA system in an approved establishment must seek permission from Food Standards Scotland prior to its use.

Application Process

To apply for a permit to implement a PIA system in your establishment please contact your Official Veterinarian in plant or Operations Manager of Food Standards Scotland, who can advise you on the steps of the application process.

Guidance

Download the process map for the training application.

For further information please contact:

Food Standards Scotland

Approvals and Certification Team
4th Floor, Pilgrim House
Old Ford Road
Aberdeen
AB11 5RL

Tel: 01224 288368

email: approvals@fss.scot

After implementation of the PIA system

Once the PIA system has been introduced the establishment will be subject to scheduled monitoring assessment carried out by FSS team to demonstrate suitability of the premises to maintain a PIA system.

After the authorisation has been granted

Once an authorisation has been granted it may be withdrawn if FSS is satisfied the conditions by which it was granted are no longer being met.

Appeals Process

Where a withdrawal is issued, the FBO will have the right to appeal this decision. The FBO can make their appeal by writing to the Director of Operations,  within 21 days of the date of the notice. The outcome of the appeal will be communicated to the OV and to the FBO within 20 working days.

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