Monitoring, surveillance & substance control

Learn about MPI national monitoring and surveillance programmes, and controls around specified substances relating to animal products.

National monitoring & surveillance programmes

In addition to other Regulated Control Schemes (RCSs), MPI also operates 2 national monitoring and surveillance programmes specifically for animal products. These are:

  1. An RCS for contaminant monitoring and surveillance for animal products, excluding dairy
  2. The national programme for monitoring chemical contaminants and residues in raw milk and dairy products, known as the National Chemical Contaminants Programme (NCCP).

You can find further information about these programmes in the Policy & law section of the site. There is information about complying with NCCP in the Dairy section of the website.

Controlling specified substances

A Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) has been mandated to prevent the use of specified substances in food-producing animals.

Prohibited substances

Currently, the use of 17ß-oestradiol and its esters is not allowed in cattle, sheep, goats, deer, emu and ostriches because the European Union has this material listed as a banned substance. Because of this, products from animals that have been treated with this substance may not be exported to this market.  As the substance is not widely used in veterinary medicine and is not essential for animal welfare, the costs of a track and trace system for the entire life of treated animals, to ensure that any products from these animals are not exported to the European Union, would be prohibitive on a user-pays basis.

What this means for exporters

Apart from what is set out in Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs), the RCS requires no further action by exporters as the substance is regulated to be absent in specified animal products. Any costs to the efficiency of a farming operation caused by the unavailability of 17ß-oestradiol lies with the primary producer.

You can find further information in this Notice.