Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme

Dairy UK

Welcome to the DTAS website

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 56 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

NEW: New Assessors Training Course to be held on 3/4 July at S J Bargh, Lancaster

We are pleased to announce that a DTAS New Assessors Training Course has been arranged 3/4 July at SJ Bargh, Lancaster for any suitably qualified personnel who wish to become qualified as assessors under the DTAS scheme. The event is also open to existing assessors who want to refresh their expertise, and to haulier staff that may have responsibility for self-assessments or who just wish to become more familiar with the scheme.

The first day will primarily cover the current DTAS Standards and the second day will feature a practical session followed by an exam, which delegates must pass before being able to move on to the next stage of the process, which is to undertake their first assessment, shadowed by an existing DTAS registered assessor, within three months of the course.

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

To contact the course facilitator Paul Charlton, please phone 07742 410742 or email pcharlton.cas@btinternet.com.

Last updated 09/05/2018

Forthcoming Awareness Courses

The Awareness Course that is scheduled to be held on 14th August at SJ Bargh, Longton is now fully booked.

We are in the process of organising a further Awareness Course and details will be announced to all members as soon as the final arrangements have been confirmed. 

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 new Calendar page of this website

To contact the course facilitator Paul Charlton, please phone 07742 410742 or email pcharlton.cas@btinternet.com.

Last updated 17/07/2018

Presentations from DTAS Annual Conference 2018

The 2018 DTAS Annual Conference was held on Wednesday, 18th April at the Volvo Centre, Wedgnock Lane, Warwick CV34 5YA,

If you are a DTAS member, and would to receive copies of any of the presentations that were given on the day, please contact Ian Wakeling on 0207 025 0545 or email iwakeling@dairyuk.org 

Last updated 14/05/2018

DTAS Scheme HACCP 2017/18

The revised scheme HACCP for the 2017/18 year has been added to the scheme documents page.

Last updated 12/06/2017

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