Multi-Annual National Control Plan for the UK

The Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) for the UK details the roles and responsibilities of the different authorities and organizations involved in monitoring compliance with, and enforcement of, feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules and plant health requirements. The plan was extended to the end of March 2018 and updated in 2016.

The MANCP provides an overview of how authorities and other bodies work together to safeguard public, animal and plant health, to protect consumers and to promote animal welfare.

It is a European 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 monitored on an ongoing basis and annual reports are prepared and submitted to the European Commission. The plan and annual reports can be found at the links below.

The MANCP is produced jointly by the FSA and Defra, with contributions provided by:

  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Defra agencies
  • Department of Health
  • 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 on official controls. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that effective control systems are in place for monitoring and enforcing feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, and plant health law.

Regulation 882/2004 requires that the plan be kept under review and revised regularly. The plan has been updated in 2016 and will be further updated in 2017.

If you would like any further information on the MANCP please email Nadia Stockdale of the FSA Delivery Assurance Team at