In order to operate a butchery and sell meat in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to register to Butchery's Registry at the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The term “Meat” refers to all the parts of the animal that are suitable for human consumption and the definition includes also edible by-products of meat.
In parallel, the term “butchery” refers to the procedure/installation/premise in which meat, edible by-products of meat, meat productions and cold meat intended for human consumption are exposed to retail sale. The definition also includes the specially designed place, inside supermarkets and groceries, which is created for the same purpose.
Every natural or legal person is eligible to register to the Butchery's Registry provided that the Veterinary Services is satisfied that the the requirements of Regulations (ΕΚ) 852/2004, Annex ΙΙ, chapter. Ι, II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XII as well as the Regulations concerning the hygienic production of foods of animal origin and their placement in the market (operation of butcheries) of 2009, annex II and III are fulfilled.
The Application for registering a butchery can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Tel.: +357 22805208
Fax: +357 22805139
The application should be accompanied by the following documents: