Regulated control schemes (RCS) for transport operators

A regulated control scheme (RCS) for transport operators is an alternative to a risk management programme. Find out what's involved to develop an RCS.

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Step 1
What you need to know

An overview of being a transport operator under the regulated control scheme.

Operators who transport animal products for export that require an official assurance can choose to operate either under a regulated control scheme (RCS) or a risk management programme (RMP).

Read about RMPs for transport operators

For an RCS you will need to develop and operate under a documented system. You can use either:

  • MPI's Transport RCS template
  • your existing documented procedures, amended to comply with RCS requirements where necessary.

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 transport operator.

Legal requirements

The legal requirements you meet when you operate under the Transport RCS are set out in notices and amendments. 

Animal Products Notice: Export Requirements for Transportation of Products for Export with an Official Assurance [PDF, 437 KB]

Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme –Transportation and Handling of Products for Export with an Official Assurance [PDF, 521 KB]

Step 2
What you need to do

The tasks you need to complete.

Use the Transport RCS template

MPI's Transport 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 Transport RCS. A user guide is available to help you complete the template.

The template can be used by:

  • transport service operators
  • vehicle docking facility operators.

Download the Transport RCS template – Transport of Animal Material and Product [PDF, 324 KB]

Download Guidance document: How to use the 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.

Transport operators are initially verified 6-monthly or annually, depending on the product transported.

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 on-site visit, travel costs and writing up the result of the verification.

Register as a Transport RCS operator

Once your RCS has had its initial verification you need to apply to MPI to register as a Transport RCS operator. Register by completing Form AP16 – Registration of Transport Service Operator.

Download the form to register as a transport operator [PDF, 871 KB]

Step 3
How you know you've met MPI requirements

Getting your documentation.

When MPI is satisfied that your transportation units, equipment and facilities comply with the RCS requirements, you will be registered as a Transport RCS operator and listed on this website. You will also receive a certificate that you can pass on to exporters.

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