The centre has been created in the context of the regulation 2017/625 about official controls (art. 95) to support the European Commission and member states in the applications of legislation regarding poultry and other small farm animals’ welfare.

The Centre offers scientific and technical assistance to Competent Authorities (CA), National Reference Centre (NRC), other Supporting Bodies (SB), from the EU Member States and the European Commission, regarding all aspects of welfare legislation implementation. The Centre is covering hatchery, farming, transportation and killing outside of risk assessment and risk management areas.

Slaughter and killing


Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2020-001 How captive bolt is used in Europe for the on-farm killing of small animals and how they addressed the issue of noise for other animals and security for the users?

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2020-003 Head-only stunning and decapitation. 

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2020-004 Traumatism assessment protocol for broilers.

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2021-006 Overview of the different on-farm killing methods for turkeys and ducks, due to disease control situations (avian influenza)



Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2020-002 Mink cage dimension.

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2021-001Outdoor access for laying hens and pullets. 

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2021-004 Space at feeder and usable area needed for pullets. 

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2022-003  Caudal keel bone fractures in laying hens.

Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2022-004  Duck moulting



Q2E-Poultry-SFA-2022-001 Minimum eight of the cages for transport of turkeys.

This area will be updated regularly. The number of available items will increase over time.