Contact Point Regulation (EC) 1099/2009

Last changed: 13 September 2016

Swedish Centre for Animal Welfare is the Swedish official Contact Point in Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing.





Background and Tasks

The Swedish Government has designated SCAW to act as the Swedish contact point and be the competent authority, addressed by the Article 20.2 of Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 for the protection of animals at the time of slaughter. During the autumn 2013 SCAW has carried out a project aiming to describe the structure, function and tasks of the Swedish contact point.

Hence, SCAW should be available to assist the competent authorities, upon their request, by providing: (a) scientific and technical expertise relating to the approval of slaughterhouses as referred to in Article 14(2) and the development of new stunning methods; (b) scientific opinions on the instructions provided by manufacturers on the use and maintenance of restraining and stunning equipment; (c) scientific opinions on guides to good practice developed within its territory for the purposes of this Regulation; (d) recommendations for the purposes of this Regulation, in particular in relation to inspections and audits; (e) opinions on the capacity and suitability of separate bodies and entities to fulfil the requirements laid down in Article 21(2).

SCAW has been identified as the single contact point although it may provide this support via a network, and this has been made publicly available via the Internet. Within its function as the contact point, SCAW is responsible for sharing technical and scientific information and best practices regarding the implementation of this Regulation with its counterparts and the Commission.”

In relation to animal welfare at killing, including slaughter, SCAW will assist several competent authorities, mainly the National Board of Agriculture (Central Competent Authority for animal welfare, see, the National Food Agency (responsible for the official veterinary control at slaughterhouses, see and the regional County Administrative Boards (regional competent authorities carrying out animal welfare control on farms and at slaughterhouses).

DISA - E-learning material

DISA - e-learning about Animal Welfare at the time of killing (DISA) in Swedish.

Short description of DISA in Swedish.

Workshop at HSA International Symposium, Croatia

Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia

15 July 2015, Swedish Centre for Animal Welfare (SCAW) organized a workshop at HSA International Symposium in Zagreb, Croatia.

Participants of the workshop were the National Contact Points* in Regulation No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing. This was the first time the representatives met to exchange experiences and discuss issues on animal welfare at slaughter.

Here you can find material from the workshop:

SCAW, Useful links

Presentation Andrea Gervelmyer

Presentation Michael Marahrens

Presentation Antonio Velarde