23 Dec 2020

EU Exit – Animal feed legislation

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provides that, from 1 January 2021, certain directly applicable EU legislation will be converted into UK law. 

Key EU regulations

The animal feed legislation can be found on the European Commission website.

There are summaries for the following regulations:

In addition, but not listed on the above website, there is:-

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018  provides powers to make corrections to retained EU law, so that it operates effectively as UK law. These corrections have been made by way of statutory instruments (SIs). All exit related SIs are published on legislation.gov.uk  and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title. 

 UK EU Exit SIs that ‘fix’ the EU regulations and which are relevant to feed include:-

2019/654 The Animal Feed (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

2019/641 The General Food Law (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

2019/705 The Genetically Modified Food and Feed (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019  

The Veterinary Medicines and Residues (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020  (SI 2020/1461)

The Animal By-Products and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018  (SI 2018/1120)

The Legislation and Guidance section of the AIC Feed Sector will be amended to reflect these developments and any future legislative changes being brought about in the light of the UK exiting the EU.

Associated legislation and guidance

Further to its webinar held at the end of 2020 on UK risk analysis process and authorisation of substances in food and feed, the FSA has issued presentation slides and a document summarising the key themes and questions put to FSA officials during the Q&A sessions.

Additional information is also available on the FSA website. Please note these pages will be updated from 1 January 2021 to include more information on our risk analysis process as well as further regulated product application guidance and support:

The food and animal feed risk analysis process

Requirements for regulated products applications

How to apply for authorisation of a regulated product

A link to the regulated products application form will be made available in the regulated products section of the FSA website.

The latest Chief Scientific Adviser’s report gives an overview of the risk analysis process with an emphasis on the role that risk assessment plays in that process.

The Food Matters Live podcast covers similar content to the webinar, and so should be a useful reference point for how the new UK risk analysis process and regulated products authorisation process will work from 1 January 2021.