How to Get Licence to Operate Abattoir or Processing Establishment In Jamaica

Get Licence to Operate Abattoir or Processing Establishment In Jamaica By Yourself

  1. You must submit your application to the Veterinary Service Division (VSD), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, in order to be able operate an Abattoir or Processing Establishment. Below, you will find the contact information for the VSD and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  2. You can either pick up the application form at the VSD office or download it from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries website via this link Link. (Please search for “Application to Operate Abattoir/Processing Establishment” in order to find the form). Or, you can directly download the form by clicking this link Link
  3. Please read the instructions carefully before you complete the form.
  4. All supporting documents must be prepared and attached to the application form in one file
  5. Attach a letter of inspection request detailing the details required for inspectors to inspect the Abattoir facility.
  6. Next, go to the VSD office. Pay the application fees at a cashier. Then submit your complete application to VSD service section with the payment receipt.
  7. A service official will review your application and issue an acknowledgment receipt.
  8. The VSD inspectors will inspect the facility on the inspection date to ensure compliance with all standards. They will then make a report based on the results.
  9. You will be notified by the inspector if there are any areas that need improvement within 14 days.
  10. The inspection team will then submit their due diligence reports to the veterinary committee. They will review your application, the report, and make a recommendation to the VSD whether or not to approve your application.
  11. The approval or denial of your application will be communicated to you in writing
  12. You will need to pay the full registration fee and operating certificate fees if your application is accepted.
  13. After payment, the certificate and license will be prepared and issued to your address

Required Documents For Get Licence to Operate Abattoir or Processing Establishment

  • Formulation
  • Let us know if you would like to inspect the facility
  • Receipt of payment
  • Contact numbers and organizational chart for the management team
  • Source of raw material and ingredients
  • Diagrammatic representation of Premises
  • Copy of the Food Handlers Certification for Workers
  • Certificate of Public Health
  • Refrigeration report
  • Pest Control Programme
  • Water Commission Statement
  • Training programs
  • GMP – Good Manufacturing Practices
  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedures
  • SSOP – Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures
  • Transport plan for finished products
  • HACCP Plan

Please refer to the checklist in the application

Find Office Locations and Contacts

Ministry of Agriculture & FisheriesAddress at 4 St. Lucia Avenue Kingston 5, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 968-7116
Fax: (876) 960-7422

Hope Gardens, Kingston 6, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 927-1731-50 / (876) 619-1731
Fax: (876) 927-1904
Hours of operation: Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries
Veterinary Services Division
193 Old Hope Road Kingston 6.
Phone: (876) 977-2489/2492; 927-0594
Fax Number: (876)-977-0885


  • Individuals and companies who want to open and run an Abattoir/Processing Establishment


  • For more information on fees, please contact the VSD


  • The license is valid only for the time stated in it

Documents for Use

  • Application form: Link


  • Check that your abattoir/processing establishment meets the requirements of the Slaughtering Inspectors (Inspection & Export) Act 1999, Codex Alimentarius guidelines, and the World Organization of Animal Health guidelines

Requirements Information

  • Names
  • Address
  • Contact details
  • Scope of the Processing Plant

You will need the document

  • This license shows that your abattoir has been approved and inspected for operation as required by law

External Links

MOA: Link



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