The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provided that from 1 January 2021 certain directly applicable pieces of EU legislation would be converted into UK law. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, however, the province remains in the EU single market and accordingly the necessary EU regulations and checks apply. Elsewhere in Great Britain, EU legislation, as it applied to the UK on 31 December 2020, is now a part of domestic legislation and following that date it ceased to apply.

The legislation and guidance applies to feed for food-producing animals, including farmed fish, and also to feed for non-food producing animals, including pets, zoo and circus animals and creatures living freely in the wild. Horses and rabbits are classed as food-producing animals.

Links to relevant pieces of legislation and guidance are provided.

The information provided cannot cover every situation; however it should help companies understand their legal requirements.

NB. Up-to-date information on the EU law that has been amended, repealed or replaced, following Brexit, is available on the Retained EU law dashboard. The laws concerned are those that the UK saved to ensure legislative continuity immediately after Brexit.


AIC has provided the following summary of legislation and guidance in good faith. AIC cannot accept any liability for any errors in the below resources or for the content on any websites to which hyperlinks have been provided.


General Feed Law & Feed Hygiene including traceability

FSA - Science Advisory Committees

Medicated Feeds Legislation

AIC Journal Extract - Proposed expansion of feed sources

TSE and ABP Legislation

Insect Protein

EU Animal Health Law

Medium Combustion Plant and Specified Generators

Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)


Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Legislation

Circular Economy and former foodstuffs

Feed Additives Legislation

EU Animal feed legislation

Agriculture Act 1970

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Organic Production Legislation

Official Controls and Compliance Legislation

Undesirable Substances Legislation

Marketing, Labelling and Composition of Feeds Legislation

The European Communities Act 1972

Food and Feed Law Guides

Members only

The Application of HACCP Principles

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