FEFAC and the other chain partners

Together, we get stronger! FEFAC has for long granted priority to collaboration with other stakeholders of the feed and food chain to tackle feed and food chain issues of common interest. FEFAC participated in the establishment and/or is member of:


EUFETEC, a European feed technology research platform composed of several feed-related bodies representing the feed industry and research institutes which decided to join their efforts with a view to streamline the EU research via the development of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the animal nutrition science.

Animal Task Force, a knowledge based cooperation between representatives from industry and the academic world focused on enhancing innovation and sustainability in the animal production sector of Europe’s food supply chains. The integrated approach allows for the setting of the agenda for research and innovation in the animal domain and assures a valuable contribution to the societal and environmental challenges. FEFAC holds membership to the Animal Task Force through EUFETEC.

Food Safety Platform, grouping key European stakeholder federations concerned with feed & food safety, aiming at improving communication between the feed & food chain partners on emerging feed and food safety issues and related topics.

EISA (European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture), set up by national farmer initiatives supported by agrosupply industries promoting the development of integrated farming practices through the development and continuous update of the EISA Integrated farming framework containing a European definition and characterization of Integrated farming as guideline for sustainable development of Agriculture.

EPRUMA (European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals), established in 2005 and composed of various EU organisations of the livestock and pet sectors, with the mission of promoting the responsible use of medicines in animals in the EU. EPRUMA issued in 2008 “Best-practice framework for the use of antimicrobials in foodproducing animals”. www.epruma.eu

EATIP (European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform), one of the European Technology Platforms endorsed by DG RESEARCH. It was set up by the European fish farmers (FEAP) with the support of the whole aquaculture supply industries, including leading fish feed producers and FEFAC’s Fish Feed Committee. EATiP developed a vision document on the research needs of the Aquaculture sector until 2020 including a strategic research and innovation agenda containing key projects which could facilitate the development of a more sustainable and competitive EU Aquaculture sector in line with CFP reform policy objective for Aquaculture.

FFC (EU Feed and Food Chain platform on the use of green biotechnology), composed of partner organizations of the whole feed and food chain dealing with the impact of EU and international regulations and market developments for the use of modern biotechnology in agriculture and food production on EU feed and food markets.

Food SCP Roundtable (EU Food chain Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production), composed of representative organisations from the entire food chain from the agro-supply sector to retailers with the main objective to develop a harmonised environmental impact assessment methodology, to develop tools for consumer communication and to identify actions for further improvement of the environmental performance of the food chain. The Roundtable is cochaired by the European Commission.

EU FCTF (EU Feed Chain Task Force on the Catalogue of Feed Materials), a gathering of 41 EU organizations of the different sectors of the feed chain (feed material producers, traders, compound feed manufacturers and farmers) whose mission is to maintain and upgrade the EU Catalogue of Feed Materials. FEFAC holds the role of coordinator of the EU FCTF.

Feed Materials Register - The representatives of the EU feed business sectors developed and launched on 1st September 2010 an online Register of notified feed materials to be used by feed business operators when placing for the first time a feed material not yet listed in the EU Catalogue of feed materials. The owners of the website have strived to make the Register and notification system as “user-friendly” as possible. They have drafted a Q&A concerning the legal requirements for feed business operators as well as a guide to the notifying feed business operators, which are accessible on the Register’s website. These documents, however, are only indicative as representatives of the EU feed business sectors will accept no liability for the Register’s content. Any question(s) from feed business operators as to their legal obligations shall be referred to the competent authorities. www.feedmaterialsregister.eu


International Feed Safety Alliance (IFSA) / IFSA Feed Ingredients Standard (IFIS) - The IFSA Feed Ingredient Standard (IFIS) has been drawn up as a collaborative industry project to ensure that safety is placed at the forefront of feed business operations, with the aim of ensuring confidence in the safety of the feed supply chain. Safe animal feeds are essential to both animal and human health, farmed animals being the source of many products for human consumption. The safety of the feed and food chain must therefore be the industry’s primary objective.


The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) comprises eleven EU associations from agricultural input industries such as suppliers of machinery (CEMA), seeds (ESA), fertilizers (Fertilizers Europe), crop protection (ECPA), animal health (IFAH-Europe), animal feed (FEFAC) and biotechnology-based products (EuropaBio), the agricultural trade (COCERAL and CELCAA), EU farmers (COPA-COGECA) and European food and drink manufacturing sector (FoodDrinkEurope). Together, these industries account for more than 30 million jobs and some 3.5% of the EU’s gross value added.