Last updated on 17 October 2013
Proposals on changes to the organisation of official controls
The purpose of this consultation is to seek stakeholders' views on the European Commission’s proposed regulation on official controls, which would replace EU Regulation 882/2004.
All comments and views should be sent to
Regulatory and Legal Strategy Directorate
Food Standards Agency
London WC2B 6NH
Tel: 020 7276 8603
Responses are requested by: 9 January 2014
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
All businesses operating within the plant, animal and food sectors (the agri-food chain) and enforcement bodies carrying out official controls (competent authorities).
What is the subject of this consultation?
The European Commission has proposed a new regulation, which will replace EU Regulation 882/2004. The proposals aim to change the current official controls framework to ensure compliance with feed and food law, animal health and welfare, plant health, plant reproductive material and plant protection product rules. The relevant initial impact assessment is included in the consultation.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
To seek stakeholders' views on the key elements of the Commission’s draft proposal and initial impact assessment (Annex D) to help the FSA assess the costs, benefits and wider impacts of the proposed regulation on UK stakeholders.
On 6 May 2013, the European Commission issued a draft proposal for a regulation that will replace EU Regulation 882/2004 on official controls carried out by member states and their designated enforcement authorities, to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules. For example, inspections, audits, and sampling and analysis.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is the UK lead department for the negotiations on the proposal and will be considering how the proposed changes will benefit UK consumers and industry, in particular food and feed businesses. We would be grateful for your comments on the proposal and for your information to help us assess the likely impacts of the changes being proposed.
Responses are required by close 9 January 2014. Please state, in your response, whether you are responding as a private individual or on behalf of an organisation/company (including details of any stakeholders your organisation represents).
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment (Business Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland) has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.
We are interested in what you thought of this consultation and would therefore welcome your general feedback on both the consultation package and overall consultation process. If you would like to assist us to improve the quality of future consultations, please feel free to share your thoughts with us by using the consultation feedback questionnaire.
Publication of personal data and confidentiality of responses
In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The FSA will publish a summary of responses, which may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.
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