Article 7


Level and certificate of competence

1. Killing and related operations shall only be carried out by persons with the appropriate level of competence to do so without causing the animals any avoidable pain, distress or suffering.


2. Business operators shall ensure that the following slaughter operations are only carried out by persons holding a certificate of competence for such operations, as provided for in Article 21, demonstrating their ability to carry them out in accordance with the rules laid down in this Regulation:

(a) the handling and care of animals before they are restrained;

(b) the restraint of animals for the purpose of stunning or killing;

(c) the stunning of animals;

(d) the assessment of effective stunning;

(e) the shackling or hoisting of live animals;

(f) the bleeding of live animals;

(g) the slaughtering in accordance with Article 4(4) . . . ( religious slaughter );

ANNEX IV


CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR EXAMINATION OF COMPETENCE

COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing

Subjects for examination of competence


Animal behaviour, animal suffering, consciousness and sensibility, stress in animals.

All operations listed in Article 7(2) (a) to (g).

Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals.

Knowledge of manufacturers’ instructions on the type of restraint equipments used in case of mechanical restraint

(a) the handling and care of animals before they are restrained;

Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals.

Knowledge of manufacturers’ instructions on the type of restraint equipments used in case of mechanical restraint

(b) the restraint of animals for the purpose of stunning or killing;

Practical aspects of stunning techniques and knowledge of manufacturers’ instructions on the type of stunning equipments used.

Back-up stunning and / or killing methods.

Basic maintenance and cleaning of stunning and / or killing equipment.

(c) the stunning of animals;

Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning.

Back-up stunning and / or killing methods.

(d) the assessment of effective stunning;

Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals.

Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning.

(e) the shackling or hoisting of live animals;

Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning and the absence of signs of life.

Back-up stunning and / or killing methods.

Appropriate use and maintenance of bleeding knives.

(f) the bleeding of live animals;

Appropriate use and maintenance of bleeding knives

Monitoring the absence of signs of life.

(g) the slaughtering in accordance with Article 4(4) . . . ( religious slaughter );

At this level this constitutes a ‘slaughter licence’

Certificates of Competence