Salmonella national control programmes: fees

Fees for laboratories and poultry keepers to test and sample for salmonella in flocks, and how to appeal results.

This is part of the national control programme (NCP) for salmonella, which controls salmonella in chicken and turkey flocks across the EU.

Chicken and turkey keepers have to pay fees to cover the cost of:

  • official NCP samples collected or tested by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) from their flock
  • disputing positive NCP test results
  • samples you’ve taken

Approved private laboratories have to pay fees to become approved to carry out tests.

VAT doesn’t apply to these fees.

Fees for poultry keepers

Fees for official samples taken from your holding

As part of the national control programmes, APHA takes samples from NCP eligible poultry holdings every year to monitor levels of salmonella. These samples are known as ‘routine official control samples’.

You’ll be charged the following if APHA take official control samples from your holding as part of its annual monitoring:

  • £9 per quarter hour (or part quarter hour) spent by APHA officials taking the sample
  • £14 per sample taken to cover the cost of laboratory testing
  • Time spent by an Animal Health Officer travelling to and from premises for the purpose of the activities below £14 per quarter hour or part quarter hour spent (capped at 90 minutes)
  • a fixed fee depending on the type of flocks you keep
Type of flock Fee
Egg-laying chicken flocks £32
Breeding chicken flocks £52
Broiler (raised for meat) chicken flocks £72
Turkey flocks (fattening or breeding) £72

For example, if an APHA official spent 30 minutes travelling to your premises and then spent 80 minutes taking 3 samples from an egg-laying chicken flock on your holding, you’d be charged £184, which includes:

  • the £32 fixed fee
  • 3 x £14 to cover the cost of laboratory testing each sample (total £42)
  • 6 x £9 for the 5 quarter hours, and 1 part quarter hour taken (total £54)
  • 4 x £14 for the 4 quarter hours for a 60 minute return journey travel time (total £56)

APHA will issue you a single invoice for both the laboratory and visit charges where APHA has carried out official sampling and the test is completed at an APHA laboratory.

In some cases, official veterinarians working on behalf of government or industry bodies will collect the official sample. If so, APHA will send you an invoice for the laboratory tests.

If samples you take test positive for salmonella

If a sample that you send to a laboratory tests positive for salmonella, APHA will visit your holding to take further samples to confirm if salmonella is present.

These confirmation samples are also known as official control samples, but you won’t be charged for them.

Egg-laying chicken flocks: fees to dispute a positive test result

You won’t be able to sell eggs from your flock as class A if certain types of salmonella are confirmed in the flock.

You can appeal this by submitting one of the following set of samples and paying the fee to APHA.

Sample Fee
300 hen carcasses £2,470
4,000 eggs £3,080
2 dust samples with either 5 boot swab samples from floor birds, or 5 pooled faeces samples from caged birds £99

Fees for laboratory operators

When you first apply for approval to test under the salmonella national control programmes, and every year when you reapply for approval, you have to pay:

  • a £73 biennial renew fee to process your application
  • £136 to cover proficiency testing for salmonella 4 times in the year - the year starts in April and if you apply later you’ll be charged pro rata (£34 per test)

You’ll have to pay an additional £34 for each extra proficiency test you request. You might need another proficiency test if you fail a test and want to repeat it as part of your investigation.

Fixed fees if a quality assurance inspection is required

Number of types of test you’re approved to conduct Fee
1 £350
2 £361
3 £372
4 £384
Published 18 November 2014
Last updated 5 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Fees updated

  2. Note added about changes to the issuing of invoices introduced on 1 February 2016.

  3. First published.