Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme

Dairy UK

Welcome to the DTAS website


In view of the current COVID-19 restrictions issued by each individual country (and the instructions contained in them re travel), as well as the guidance issued by a number of companies, the DTAS Management Committee is recommending that DTAS audits should be held on a remote basis until the respective restrictions in the relevant area have been lifted.

In certain cases, however, when it is not possible for the audit to be conducted on a remote basis, and with the full agreement of both parties, a physical audit may be held.  Such audits will be subject to full compliance with any COVID-19 requirements that are in place, both at a national and local level and at the individual site (e.g. correct use of PPE, regular hand washing, social distancing etc.) and a suitable risk assessment having been undertaken.

To enable sites to have sufficient time to schedule their audits (and allow the maximum 28-day period for rectification of any non-compliances), we have issued a further two-month extension to those sites whose revised expiry dates fell before September 1st and a one-month extension to those sites whose temporary extension date fell in October.  The temporary extension dates for those sites which fell from October 31st onwards will remain in place.  

Both the current and revised expiry date for each depot's certificate are shown on the List of Scheme Members page.

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

Dairy UK Coronavirus Information Hub

Dairy UK has established an information hub with links to the most up to date relevant guidance, legislation and information dealing with the virus, as well as summary of previous guidance issued relevant to the dairy industry.

The page can be accessed from the following link: 


You can also keep up to date with all the latest advice from Public Health England on the virus here.

Last updated 14/10/2020

Forthcoming Awareness Course

Due to the ongoing developments re the Coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been taken that the courses scheduled for Wednesday, 23rd September and Tuesday, 29th September at Dalbeattie have been postponed. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a further announcement about the possibility of any rescheduled dates in due course.

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 18/09/2020

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