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Community standards on staging points

The European Union lays down common criteria applicable to control posts (or "staging points") at which animals must be unloaded during long journeys. These rules are designed to ensure the health and welfare of the animals during such stops


Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 of 25 June 1997 concerning Community criteria for staging points and amending the route plan referred to in the Annex to Directive 91/628/EEC [See amending acts].


Control posts (this term replaces the previous 'staging points') are places where animals are rested for 12 hours or more, under the rules on journey time restrictions laid down in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1/2005. They may only be used to receive, feed, water, rest, accommodate, care for and dispatch animals passing through.

Only animals of the same health status certified in accordance with Community legislation may be present at the same time at control posts.

Each control post must be approved and authorised by the competent authority. Such approval may be limited to particular categories or particular health statuses of animal. This information must be forwarded to the Commission, which draws up a list of control posts.

To be approved, control posts must meet the requirements of Annex I to 1/2005. In particular, the following must be ensured:

  • the premises must be constructed and operated so as to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Suitable and effective cleaning procedures and equipment must also be provided: the premises must be cleaned and disinfected after each use;
  • the premises must have suitable equipment and facilities for loading and unloading animals from the means of transport, in particular a non-slip floor covering and, where necessary, lateral protection;
  • personnel and equipment entering into contact with the animals accommodated must remain exclusively dedicated to the premises concerned unless they have been cleaned and disinfected;
  • animal litter, faeces and urine may not be collected from the premises until they have been appropriately treated to prevent the spread of disease;
  • appropriate sanitary breaks between two consecutive consignments of animals must be observed to allow proper cleaning and disinfection.

Control posts must also be located in areas not subject to prohibition of or restrictions on movement for health reasons.

Control posts are under the authority of an official veterinarian and must undergo regular inspection, at least twice a year, to ensure that the requirements for approval are met.

The use of a control post may be suspended in serious cases, particularly on animal health or welfare grounds. The Member State imposing the suspension must inform the Commission and the other Member States thereof, and it may only lift the suspension after notifying the Commission and the other Member States, stating the reasons.

Where Community legislation is not complied with, the Commission may suspend the use of a control post or withdraw it from the list following on-the-spot checks by experts.

Each passage through a control post must be entered by the official veterinarian in the journey log introduced by Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.

The Regulation may be amended by simplified procedure where the animal health situation so requires.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1255/972.7.1997-OJ L 174 of 2.7.1997

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1040/20039.7.2003-OJ L 151 of 19.6.2003
Regulation (EC) No 1/200525.1.2005-OJ L 3 of 5.1.2005
Last updated: 20.04.2005
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