Official feed and food controls regulation

EU Regulation 882/2004 on official controls for feed and food law (and animal health and animal welfare) sets out the approach that competent authorities of member states must adopt for official controls. Essentially, how they should monitor and enforce businesses' compliance with feed and food law (and with animal health and welfare rules).

The European Commission believes that the legislation has been broadly successful in setting out a framework for feed and food controls throughout Europe, but has identified opportunities to strengthen 882/2004. The Commission published proposals to change the current legislation on 6 May 2013. Information on the proposed changes can be found at the link below.

882/2004 in the UK

The provisions of 882/2004 have applied since 1 January 2006, except those on financing which applied from 1 January 2007 and implementing rules for import controls for 'high-risk' non-POAO feed and food which applied from 25 January 2010.

In the UK the Agency has overall responsibility for application of the feed and food elements of 882/2004.Defra and the devolved agriculture/rural affairs departments have responsibility for application in the areas of animal health and animal welfare. Arrangements are in place for joint working across the departments to make sure there is a consistent approach.

The principal legal measures needed to apply 882/2004 are included in the following legislation, which can be found at the link to the top right of this page:

  • The Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/3255)
  • The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/446)
  • The Official Feed and Food Controls (Wales) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/3376)
  • The Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 (SR 2009/427)

These national regulations identify the authorities in the UK that are responsible for organising and undertaking enforcement checks in respect of feed and food. They provide the legal powers to these authorities to enable them to meet the obligations set out in 882/2004, in particular with regard to monitoring, auditing and financing of official controls and reporting on enforcement activity. The regulations also provide the legal powers needed for the enforcement of the new rules on import checks of feed and food of non-animal origin, including penalties for businesses that fail to comply.

More in this section

  • Proposed changes to EU Regulation 882/2004

    Sunday 3 February 2013

    The European Commission has published proposals to change EU Regulation 882/2004, which governs official controls in the food and agriculture industries. The proposals will potentially affect all organisations involved in the production, manufacture, supply and regulation of food, feed, live animals, plants and plant reproductive material.

  • Official Feed and Food Controls regulation: Guidance for enforcement authorities

    Tuesday 18 May 2010

    Q&A notes for enforcement authorities on the new EU Regulation on official feed and food controls (882/2004).

  • Expenses arising from 'additional official controls': Guidance notes

    Monday 22 February 2010

    Guidance notes to provide advice in relation to Regulation 43 of the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2009. Parallel regulations apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Multi-Annual National Control Plan for the United Kingdom

    Monday 24 October 2011

    The Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) for the United Kingdom details the roles and responsibilities of the different authorities and organisations involved in the monitoring compliance with, and enforcement of, feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules and plant health requirements.

  • 'High-risk' products of non-animal origin under Regulation (EC) No 669/2009

    Friday 11 April 2014

    Imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin, from certain non-EU countries, that are considered to be 'high-risk' can only enter the UK through specific ports and airports approved as designated points of entry (DPEs) where official controls will be carried out.

  • European training strategy: Better training for safer food

    Thursday 27 March 2008

    The European Commission established its 'Better training for safer food' strategy following the adoption in April 2004 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls. The Regulation empowers the Commission to develop training programmes for staff of the competent authorities of the Member States and also from non-European Union countries.