Ruminant protein control programmes

A ruminant protein control programme (RPCP) is a plan outlining how you prevent ruminant feed from being contaminated by ruminant protein. Find out if you need an RPCP and how to register one.

What is a ruminant protein control programme?

A ruminant protein control programme (RPCP) is a plan that outlines how you prevent feed produced for ruminants from being contaminated by ruminant protein.

You must have an MPI-registered RPCP if you:

  • render, use or store ruminant protein, and
  • produce ingredients or feed for ruminants.

Check if you need to register an RPCP with MPI if you:

  • render ingredients for animal feed
  • re-bag animal feed
  • make, mill, or store animal feed.

Annual verification

After you get your RPCP registered, MPI will verify it once a year through an on-site audit.

  • MPI will contact you to let you know when your audit is due.
  • An MPI inspector will contact you to arrange a suitable time for the audit.

Fees and charges

MPI will charge you $214.25 an hour for:

  • time spent doing a desktop review of your RPCP (1 to 2 hours)
  • auditing your facility for RPCP registration (2 to 3 hours)
  • annual verification audits (2 to 3 hours).

You'll also need to pay for laboratory testing of ruminant feed samples.

Who to contact

If you have questions about ruminant protein control programmes, email

Last reviewed:
Has this been useful? Give us your feedback