Process for the implementation of a Plant Inspection Assistant (PIA) system in approved slaughterhouses

Last updated:
28 January 2015
Guidance on the implementation of a Plant Inspection Assistant

Under Regulation (EC) 854/2004 the Member States may permit slaughterhouse staff to take over the activities of official auxiliaries in controlling the production of poultry meat.

Food business operators wishing to implement the PIA system in an approved establishment must seek permission from the Food Standards Agency prior to its use.

Application process

To apply for a permit to implement a PIA system in your establishment please contact your local Service Delivery Manager of the Food Standards Agency, who can advise you on the steps of the application process.


Guidance on the process can be found below.

Alternatively, for further information please contact:

Approvals and Registration Team
Food Standards Agency
Room 112
Kings Pool
1-2 Peasholme Green
York YO1 7PR

tel: 01904 232060

After implementation of the PIA system

Once the PIA system has been introduced the establishment will be subject to scheduled monitoring assessment carried out by local FSA team to demonstrate suitability of the premises to maintain a PIA system.

After the authorisation has been granted

Once an authorisation has been granted it may be withdrawn if the FSA is satisfied the conditions by which it was granted are no longer being met.

Appeals Process

Where a withdrawal is issued, the FBO will have the right to appeal this decision.

The FBO can make their appeal by writing to the Operations Head Veterinarian within 21 days of the date of the notice.

The effect of the notice will remain in place during the appeal so the FBO must cease transportation of warm meat to establishments no longer contained in their authorisation.

The outcome of the appeal will be communicated to the OV and to the FBO within 20 working days.