Guidance for the animal by-product industry

A collection of guides for anyone working with animal by-products (ABPs), including how to process, transport, store and dispose of them.

Guidance that applies to everyone in the industry

Anyone working with ABPs should read this guide, which explains regulations that apply across the industry.

Transport, storage, handling and incineration

ABP processing facilities

Using ABPs to make compost and biogas, or in a compost heap

Using ABPs to make fertiliser and applying them as fertilisers

Feeding animals ABPs

Using milk as farm animal feed or disposing of it

Testing ABP material for bacteria

Specialist guides



Application forms to carry out various activities related to animal by-products. You only need to complete an application form if it’s listed as a requirement in a guide. The guide will include a link to the relevant form.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): send application by email

If possible, you should send any applications by email to as staff may not be able to collect post during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please apply in advance to avoid delay - APHA is dealing with a high volume of applications.

Published 8 September 2014
Last updated 24 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added coronavirus statement about sending forms by email.

  2. Fees section added

  3. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  4. First published.