On top of that, FEFANA has developed a user-friendly Classification Tool in order to implement these guidelines. Based on very simple questions, this tool allows the allocation to the proper regulatory classification status. Such a tool is proved helpful for operators to ensure compliance of their products with regulatory frameworks. It is also used by the authorities to assure a consistent regulatory management of such products on the market.
Feed additives are substances, micro-organisms or preparations which are intentionally added to feed or water in order to perform one or more of the functions described in Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition. All feed additives placed on the market in the European Union must be approved under the auspices of the mentioned regulatory framework.
The principal aim of this regulation is to ensure that all additives approved for use in the EU are safe not only for the target animal, but also for those involved in its handling, the ultimate human consumer of the animal products, as well as the environment. As a result, each additive has to undergo a series of miticulous tests to demonstrate it is safe to use and handle, and data is required to demonstrate the efficacy of the additive for its intended use before it can be marketed in the EU. Such data is presented in the form of a comprehensive dossier which is forwarded to and assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Subsequently, the dossier is voted upon by the European Commission. If the additive is approved, its name and conditions of use are put into the feed additive register, which is a public document. The procedure is therefore structured in a way to guarantee transparency and safety.
Functional feed ingredients are feed materials as defined in Regulation (EC) No 767/2009, which, are used in feed or water for drinking in order to perform one of the following functions: micronutrition, technological, sensory, zootechnical.
Functional feed ingredients may be freely marketed (without pre-market approval), provided they are safe, sound, genuine and unaltered, and do not have a direct adverse effect on the environment or animal welfare. Operators placing on the market functional feed ingredients are the only responsible to meet these requirements, according to the principles of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, known as the General Food Law, and Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 on feed hygiene. The person responsible for the labelling of feed shall make available to the competent authorities any information concerning the composition or claimed properties of the functional feed ingredient placed on the market. The accuracy of the information provided on the label has to be verified.
The production and use of premixtures is ruled by Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 on feed additives for use in animal nutrition. A premixture is intended for incorporation in compound feedingstuffs, feed materials or water and not meant for direct feeding to animals. The function of the premixture is to optimise mixing of feed additives in feedingstuffs.