National Microbiological Database programme requirements

Find out how to register for the National Microbiological Database (NMD) programme and the requirements you need to follow as part of the programme.

How to register

To register in the National Microbiological Database programme you need to fill out an NMD demographic form with:

  • contact details for your premises
  • information about the lab that does your testing
  • details of animal processing.

You need to complete a separate form for each animal type.

Find the NMD demographic form for your animal type

Email your completed form to the NMD administrator at

What you need to do once you have registered

Make sure you:

Know your legal responsibilities

The legal requirements that you need to meet are in the NMD Notice. Make sure your processing operation complies with the most recent NMD Notice.

Animal Products (Specifications for National Microbiological Database Programme) Notice [PDF, 750 KB]

You should contact the NMD team if you are unsure what you need to do. Send an email to

Subscribe to MPI notifications to be informed of any changes.

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Salmonella Performance Standards

If you process red meat animals and meat chickens you must meet the Salmonella Performance Standard (SPS). Check what you need to do in the NMD Notice under:

  • section 3.21 for red meat
  • section 4.13 for chickens.

Maintain your demographic details

It's your responsibility to make sure your demographic information is kept up to date. You must submit an updated form within 7 working days of any change in your details.

Use the right methods, people, and organisations

There are strict rules about the responsibilities and relationships between the operator, the laboratory, and sample takers that perform tasks under the NMD programme. These are described in the NMD Notice under "Part 2: General Requirements".

Handling NMD products

If you handle products for the NMD programme, there are rules relating to your health. These are to prevent disease or contamination near the products. Read part 4 of the Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption notice to find out the rules.

Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Finding qualified sample takers

The operator must make sure that only NMD certified trainers or NMD approved samplers take samples for the NMD programme.

Use these registers to find qualified NMD sample takers:

Selecting random sampling times

NMD sample times must be randomly selected to ensure all processing scenarios are covered. Use the NMD random sampling spreadsheet to randomly select sampling times. You can select times each processing week, or for a number of weeks in advance.

Open the spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, then save it in your computer before you use it. You'll need to have macros enabled in Excel.

NMD random sampling macro spreadsheet [XLS, 59 KB]

Finding a recognised laboratory

The operator must make sure the laboratory they use is recognised by MPI for the particular testing required in the NMD Notice.

Use this register to find a recognised laboratory. Select "Animal Products Laboratory" as the recognition function.

Recognised Agencies, Persons and Laboratories

Monitoring performance

It's helpful to keep an eye on how the whole industry is performing against the national microbiological standards. If you take part in the NMD programme you must review your NMD data. You can also check your performance against the national profiles.

National profiles

Note: National profiles are password protected as they may contain market-sensitive material. If you're involved with the NMD, apply for a password through the overseas market access requirements (OMAR) online application form.

Apply for a password to view national profiles

Who to contact

If you have questions about the NMD email

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