Guidance for licence holders on the containment and control of specified animal pathogens

Applies to:
April 2015
Last updated
March 2024
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This guidance is aimed at Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO) licence holders, users and biosafety professionals, but managers and health and safety representatives may also find it useful. It describes the containment and control measures and related management arrangements which must be applied when working with specified animal pathogens.

Anyone who wants to possess a specified animal pathogen requires a licence. The licence conditions are intended to ensure that appropriate, proportionate and effective containment and control measures are applied to prevent the release or escape of specified animal pathogens into the environment where they may cause serious animal disease.

Licence holders must complete a risk assessment for activities involving specified animal pathogens.

Licence conditions are goal setting and include management arrangements to ensure the effective application and maintenance of containment and control measures.

This guidance helps licence holders and those wishing to apply for a licence to comply with the requirements of SAPO licences issued under the SAPO licensing regime.

The guidance was amended in 2024 to update references to the latest version of the Minimum Biorisk Management Standards and remove redundant EU references.

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Updated 2024-03-19