Co-operation between industry associations and national authorities

Gaining efficiency on feed safety through structured dialogue between operators and control authorities

Securing feed safety is resource intensive for operators of the feed chain, who hold primary responsibility for the safety of the products they place on the market and also for control authorities, who are required to dedicate sufficient resources to verify the adequateness of the feed safety management systems put in place by operators and implement risk oriented control plans.

The Food & Veterinary Office in its overview report on implementation of the EU Feed Hygiene legislation pointed to the little value paid in general by control authorities to own controls implemented by operators, whether on their own capacity or via collective risk management tools such as feed safety assurance schemes or collective monitoring programmes.

On the other hand, the FVO also pointed to the need to improve the implementation of HACCP principles in the feed chain.

In a number of EU countries, there is already a culture of dialogue between public authorities and feed industry organisations, which translates into strengthened cooperation to improve efficiency for the prevention of feed safety issues and the management of feed safety incidents. Such initiatives often lay in consultation and exchange of information at the level of organisations.

It could be learnt from debates within the FEFAC bodies that feed industry organisations and national authorities are not always aware of what is being done in other EU Member States in terms of cooperation between authorities and operators. Therefore, it was decided to make a non-exhaustive inventory of examples of such initiatives as food for thought. Maybe not all these examples are directly transferable from one country to another as a number of parameters intervene. However, it is also worthwhile pointing to what has proved to be successful.

The hereafter examples have been sorted out against several objectives:

  • Information sharing / consultation
  • Co-ordination of targeted monitoring
  • Official recognition of private feed safety management schemes
  • Incident management
  • Co-operation for training
  • Co-operative research
  • Others.

Examples are given at this stage for few countries and it is our intention to complete with additional stories from more EU countries in future editions.