Regulated control scheme (RCS) for wharves
A regulated control scheme (RCS) for wharves is an alternative to a risk management programme. Find out what's involved to develop an RCS.
Follow the steps
Wharf operators who store commodities for export that require an official assurance can choose between operating either under a regulated control scheme (RCS), or a risk management programme (RMP).
For an RCS you will need to develop and operate under a documented system. You can use either:
- MPI's Wharf RCS template
- your existing documented procedures, amended to comply with RCS requirements where necessary.
For most operators, using the Wharf RCS template is the easier option.
Your procedures include how to handle the product, cleaning, maintenance and record-keeping. Once these procedures are documented, you need to:
- implement and follow them
- keep relevant records
- get your RCS verified
- register as an RCS wharf operator.
The legal requirements you meet when you operate under the Wharf RCS are set out in notices and amendments. Refer to the:
- Animal Products (Transport of Export Animal Products and Handling at Point of Export) Notice 2009
- Animal Products (RCS – Handling of Animal Products and Animal Material at Wharves) Notice 2010
Effective from 1 August 2018
Use the Wharf RCS template
MPI's Wharf RCS template provides a simple way for you to document your system to meet the requirements of the RCS. By complying with the requirements and procedures in the template, you meet the requirements of the Wharf RCS. A user guide is available to help you complete the template.
Download Guidance: How to use RMP or RCS template [PDF, 2.5 MB]
Get your RCS checked and verified
Before your documented system can be registered with MPI, it needs to be checked by a recognised verifier.
After the initial verification, your verifier will occasionally check your RCS to ensure you are complying with the legal requirements and following the procedures in your documented system. Verification is performance based. If the outcome of your audit is unacceptable, then the frequency of the audits is likely to increase.
You pay for verification audits. The overall cost depends on the complexity and size of your operation. Charges include the verifier's time relating to the verification. This includes time for preparation, the onsite visit, travel costs and writing up the result of the verification.
Register as a Wharf RCS operator
Once your RCS has had its initial verification you need to apply to MPI to register as a Wharf RCS operator. Register by completing the form AP10 – Registration of Wharf Operator.
When MPI is satisfied that your wharf complies with the RCS requirements, you will be registered as a wharf RCS operator and be listed on this website. You will also receive a certificate that you can pass on to exporters.
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