Council Directive 93/119/EC of 22 December 1993 on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing  (Not anymore in-force after 2013 for new holdings and after 2019 for old holdings)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing (Not enforceable before January 2013)



  • 1st January 2013, Enforcement of  the Regulation for new slaughterhouses
  • 8 December 2015, Deadline for Member States to provide for certificates of competence (Article 21), to be issued by way of a simplified procedure to persons demon­strating relevant professional experience of at least three years
  • 8 December 2019, Enforcement of  the Regulation for all holdings.

Council of Europe

European Convention for the protection of animals for slaughter

ratified and signed by Council Decision 88/306/EEC of 16 May 1988 on the conclusion of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals for Slaughter