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:
- 178/2002 on the principles of food and feed law
- 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene
- 767/2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed
- 1831/2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition
- 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feeds
- 2017/625 on official controls and other official activities
- 152/2009 laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed;
- Veterinary medicines and medicated feed.
In addition, but not listed on the above website, there is:-
- Directive 2002/32 on undesirable substances in animal feed
- Regulation 999/2001 laying down rules for the prevention, control and eradication of certain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
- Regulation 1069/2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption
- Commission Regulation 142/2011 lays down detailed implementation rules for Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009
- Regulation 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products
- Commission Regulation 889/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control
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 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:
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.