Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme

Dairy UK

Welcome to the DTAS website

IMPORTANT UPDATE:   In light of the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, DTAS had previously taken the decision to suspend all physical audits (with effect from March 19th). The DTAS Management Committee has now issued additional guidance that (with effect from May 12th) a temporary, three-calendar-month extension will be added to the current expiry dates of all certificates and that, to retain their accreditation and protect the integrity of the scheme, each member should carry out an additional self-assessment (including sub-depots), using an annotated version of the Scheme Standards, no later than four weeks in advance of their revised expiry date, and submit it to the Scheme Administrator for review. 

When the current restrictions have been lifted, a physical audit will be carried out for each depot.

The scheme will continue to operate and members are required to comply with all DTAS Standards at all times.

The Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme provides assurance to milk purchasers that the transport of raw milk and milk fractions meets food safety requirements, recognised industry good practice and specific customer needs.

The scheme is based on annual inspections of the milk haulage depots operated by scheme members. The assessment is conducted against 63 standards covering haulage operations, vehicle hygiene, site and statutory requirements, HACCP, personnel and training, subcontractors and contingency procedures.  

The scheme is administered by Dairy UK and is overseen by a Management Committee drawn from major milk purchasers and hauliers in the UK.

Membership of the scheme covers an estimated 95% of milk haulage capacity in the UK.

Alongside the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme for Dairy Farms, and the BRC Global Standard for food processing, the DTAS scheme completes the proposition behind the Red Tractor Logo of farm to pack assurance of the dairy supply chain, including dairy production, processing and distribution.

As from 1 April 2015, it has been a requirement that all dairy products carrying the Red Tractor logo have to use milk that has been hauled by a DTAS approved haulier.

Please click here to view/download our leaflet giving an overview of the scheme.

News and Announcements

Forthcoming Awareness Course

Three further DTAS Awareness Courses have been scheduled, to be held on Tuesday, 8th September at Dale Farm, Pennybridge, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, 23rd September at TP Niven, Lockerbie and Tuesday, 29th September, also at TP Niven, Lockerbie (all subject to Coronavirus restrictions).

Further courses will be arranged at other venues (including in the South West) once Coronavirus restrictions permit.

The DTAS Awareness Courses are for people who wish to gain a good and effective understanding of the DTAS Standards, but do not (necessarily) wish to become assessors.

Further details are available here or on the Calendar page of this website

To reserve your place(s) on any of these courses, or to contact the course facilitator Paul Charlton, please phone 07742 410742 or email paul.charlton@casolutions.org.uk

Last updated 12/05/2020

Dairy UK Guidance on Safe Systems for Working at Height on Milk Tankers published

A new document, entitled Dairy UK Guidance on Safe Systems for Working at Height on Milk Tankers (which has been prepared by a DTAS working group) is now available on the Scheme Dcouments page.

The document stresses that the best way to ensure safety is to avoid working at height in the first place but, when there is no alternative in order to complete the task, then advice is given on the procedures that should be followed so that you can prevent falls and conduct the task in a safe and practical way to minimise the risk of injury.

Last updated 26/04/2018