Multi-Annual National Control Plan

How we are involved with different authorities and organisations to enforce regulations.
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The purpose of the Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) is to demonstrate that effective control systems are in place for monitoring and enforcing:

  • feed and food law

  • animal health and animal welfare regulations

  • plant health law


The MANCP includes information about the roles and responsibilities of the various competent authorities involved in monitoring compliance and enforcement.

It includes an overview of how authorities and other bodies work together to:

  • safeguard public, animal and plant health

  • protect consumers

  • promote animal welfare


It is a European Commission requirement that all member states have a national control plan. The plan provides the basis of assessments of the performance of the UK's national control systems by the European Commission's inspection services.

Progress on implementation of the MANCP is continually monitored and annual reports are prepared and submitted to the European Commission.

The MANCP is produced by the FSA with contributions provided by:

  • Defra and its agencies
  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals Regulation Directorate
  • Scottish Government Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities
  • Welsh Government Natural Resources
  • Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland

The MANCP is a requirement of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004

Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 requires that the plan be kept under review and revised regularly.

Development of the plan

The plan has been updated and extended to March 2023.

There will be a further in-year review during 2019 to take account of the new Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625, which will replace Regulation (EC) 882/2004 on 14 December 2019.