Annual two-day regulatory update on animal feed and feed additives in the EU, USA and China – now in its tenth successful year.
Meeting regulatory requirements for feed and feed additives in the EU and other key markets such as China and the USA are major challenges for businesses in the field of animal nutrition. This seminar will review EU legislation, examine procedures and data requirements, and discuss to what extent EFSA-compliant data can be used to achieve approvals in China and the USA (or vice versa).
The EU has transformed its food legislation in the last two decades, creating EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) in 2002 and adopting a harmonised approach to food safety, ‘from farm to fork’. The 2003 Feed Additives Regulation introduced a central (‘one door-one key’) approval system for feed additives, involving the EU Commission, the EURL (European Union Reference Laboratory), EFSA and the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, with delegates from 28 Member States (comitology).
Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 recategorised feed additives and extended the scope to include amino acids, silage agents and urea. New classes of feed additives were added, e.g. mycotoxin inactivators, feed hygiene condition enhancers. The EU completed its ban on antibiotic growth promoters in January 2006 and although coccidiostats remain as feed additives, maintaining approvals presents considerable challenges for FBOs (feed business operators). Re-evaluation of around 500 feed additives started in 2010 and the EU has prohibited feed additives for which no re-evaluation dossier was submitted, or which fail EFSA’s scrutiny. A new feed regulation, the feed material register and the catalogue of feed materials have all improved transparency in feed labelling, while allowing some physiological and functional claims.
Depending on intended use, the US FDA may regulate a product added to animal feed as either a drug or a feed ingredient. In either case, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act requires the sponsor to obtain FDA approval or GRAS recognition prior to marketing. In the past, FDA has followed a policy of enforcement discretion to allow marketing of unapproved products if evaluated by the AAFCO feed ingredient definition process and listed in the AAFCO Official Publication. The FDA now encourages sponsors to use the food additive petition procedure for new products.
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture introduced new guidance and legislation on feed additives, adopting some aspects of EU/EFSA, other aspects of USA FDA, and some uniquely Chinese approaches in the area of animal nutrition.
For these reasons many companies manufacturing or marketing feed additives wish to address, as far as possible, the regulatory requirements of EU, Chinese and US authorities in a single project. This event will provide an excellent forum to discuss with key experts the regulatory requirements and how to comply with them. Furthermore, informal workshops will enable delegates to work together to solve regulatory problems.
We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.
Contact our in-house training expert Aleksandra Beer to discuss your requirements: