Bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) growing, harvesting and processing

If you grow, harvest, process store or transport BMS for human consumption, the Animal Products Act and the BMS Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) applies.

The requirements you need to meet depend on your operation. You can use the menu at the left to learn more about the regulatory requirements which apply to your operation. Brief summaries on this page describe different types of operations and the relevant requirements.

You also need to refer to information in the General requirements & programmes section of this site and other pages in this section, including Exporting seafood, Managing risk and Fees & charges.

Requirements for growers and harvesters of BMS

If you grow or harvest BMS for commercial purposes on marine farms or land-based farms or harvest from the wild, the food safety requirements you need to meet are described in the:

  • Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme—Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Regulations 2006
  • Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice 2006.

Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme – Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Regulations (External website)

Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice

Requirements for BMS operators

Food safety requirements for BMS operators are described in Animal Products (Specifications for Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Notice. You must comply with this if you are a:

  • commercial harvest operator
  • relay operator
  • sorting shed operator
  • depot operator
  • wet storage operator
  • transport operator.

Requirements for BMS processors

The processing of BMS includes primary and secondary processing, as well as land-based wet storage and depuration.

Processors must operate in a RMP registered premises. You can find further information about the requirements for processing seafood by clicking on Processing and farming in the left-hand menu and going to the Land-based processing premises section.

Regulated Control Scheme for bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS RCS)

BMS operators must meet requirements under the BMS RCS.

This RCS consists of the Regulations and associated Notice.