Ongoing NMD requirements

Once registered to participate in the National Microbiological Database (NMD) programme, there are important requirements you need to meet.


 Ensure you:

  • know your legal responsibilities
  • keep your demographic details up-to-date
  • use only authorised individuals and organisations to carry out NMD operations
  • are aware of how the industry are performing.

Knowing your legal responsibilities

The legal requirements under the Animal Products Act 1999 and Animal Products Regulations 2000 you need to comply with are set out in the current NMD Notice and any amendments to that Notice.

Ensure your processing operation is complying with the most recently issued NMD Notice. 

If you are still unsure what your NMD programme responsibilities are, contact the NMD Administration Team immediately:

Salmonella performance standards

The Salmonella Performance Standard (SPS) applies to operators processing both red meat (bobby calf, bovine, caprine, or ratite) species and meat chickens. For more details, see Section 3.21 and Section 4.13 of the NMD Specification Notice.

Maintaining your demographic details

It is your responsibility to ensure the demographic information you have lodged with MPI is up-to-date. You must submit an updated demographic form within 7 working days of any change in your demographic details occurring.

View the NMD demographic forms:

Using appropriate persons, organisations and methods

There are strict requirements relating to methods being used and the persons and organisations that may perform the following tasks as part of the NMD programme.

Handling NMD product

Personnel handling product for the NMD programme must comply with the specifications and market access requirements for health of personnel. These are set out in Part 4 of the Products Intended for Human Consumption Specifications and Notices.

NMD sample takers

Only suitably trained persons may carry out NMD sampling. The Specifications for NMD Programme Notice 2016 requires the operator to ensure that only suitably trained persons — either NMD Certified Trainers or Approved samplers — conduct sampling.

Find qualified NMD sample takers

Use these registers to find qualified NMD sample takers:

Selection of random sampling times

NMD sample times must be randomly selected to ensure all processing scenarios are covered. The NMD random sampling spreadsheet provides a macro that can be used to randomly select sampling times each processing week, or for a number of weeks in advance.

Open the spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel, then save it in your own system before using. Ensure that your Excel system has macros enabled.

If you require further assistance using this macro spreadsheet, contact the NMD Administration Team.

Analysing NMD samples

NMD operators must engage the services of a laboratory recognised by MPI for NMD testing.
The methods required for analysis are stated in the current NMD Notice. Laboratories recognised by MPI for NMD testing for can be found in the Recognised laboratory Programme (RLP) register:

Being aware of performance

You need to be aware of how industry is performing in terms of national microbiological standards. In addition to reviewing your NMD portal website data, as required in clauses 9 and 13 of the NMD Notice, you can also review your performance against the National Profiles.

Note: National profiles are password-protected as they may contain market-sensitive material. Those involved with NMD may apply to MPI for access.

Keeping up to date

It’s important to keep up to date with any new or revised NMD information, including requirements, consultations, strategies and other content changes. You may also wish to subscribe to receive important updates relevant to NMD.

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