Assistance to Education Establishments

Assistance to Education Establishments

The Public Abattoir as the only provider of services related to the slaughter for bovines, swine, equines and small ruminants in Malta, [1] assists local educational institutions to acquire any carcase parts or offal which they may require in order to properly carry out their didactic or research function/s. Such institutions generally require carcase parts for use by students in courses of biology and anatomy and in association with medical and arts studies.

Whilst willing to assist such institutions by providing the necessary carcase parts or offal, the Public Abattoir seeks to ensure that such parts are used in line with the relevant EU and national regulations. Amongst others, carcase parts or offal considered as Category 1 Animal by-Products cannot be handed over to any such institution unless their premises/facilities (as well as transport vehicles used to carry such material from the Abattoir to the approved facilities) obtain the necessary approvals from the Veterinary Regulation Directorate in line with EU regulations. By way of example, Bovine eyes belonging to animals aged over 12 months are considered Specific Risk Material and therefore cannot be handed over to educational (or other institutions) unless authorised under Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011.

Carcase parts or offal should be transported in adequate containers in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin.

Also, such institutions are required dispose of any carcase parts or offal acquired from the Public Abattoir together in line with applicable legislation, which may require incineration at the approved waste thermal treatment facility.

Educational or other institutions which require carcase parts or offal are invited to download the relevant form from the following link and /or contact the Public Abattoir Administration.


[1] The Gozo abattoir is the only other, though much smaller, such establishment on the Maltese islands.