EC Feed Hygiene Regulation 183/2005: Guides to good practice
Friday 30 March 2007
Draft guidelines for the development and assessment of national guides to good practice.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Animal Food Chain and Novel Foods Branch
Food Standards Agency Scotland
6th Floor, St. Magnus House
25 Guild Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6NJ
Tel: 01224 285138
Fax: 01224 285168
Responses are requested by: 21 June 2007
The attached draft guidelines have been drawn up to assist industry with the development of recognised national guides to good practice. Such guides are intended to help animal feed businesses comply with the requirements of the EC Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005).
The key proposals are:
- the guidelines form the agreed process by which national voluntary guides to good practice provided for under Article 21 of Regulation 183/2005 are developed, assessed and recognised in the UK
- stakeholder organisations representing feed businesses in the UK should notify the Food Standards Agency (FSA) if they wish to propose the development and assessment of such guides
To assist feed business operators to comply with the requirements of EC Regulation 183/2005, Article 21 thereof provides for the development, assessment and dissemination of national guides to good practice and the application of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. Although use of such guides by feed businesses is voluntary, they have the potential to play an important role in assisting effective application of EC Regulation 183/2005.
Article 21(1) states that where national guides to good practice are developed, they shall be developed and disseminated by feed business sectors as specified in the regulation. Article 21(2) requires Member States to assess national guides to ensure that they conform to specific criteria as set out in the regulation. As the UK Central Competent Authority, the FSA is responsible for assessing UK guides developed in accordance with these requirements. The draft guidelines set out the proposed mechanism and criteria by which the UK will satisfy these obligations.
The draft guidelines follow a parallel system already established for the development of industry guides for the food sector in accordance with EC Regulation 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs.
The draft guidelines describe the process and responsibilities for drafting and consulting on guides to good practice. They also include advice on the scope, content and structure of guides, and set out the assessment criteria including the process for obtaining official recognition by the FSA. In addition, the guidelines explain the status that recognised guides will have and offer suggestions for their publication and dissemination.
Views are particularly welcome on the following areas:
- whether the draft guidelines set out an acceptable framework for the development, assessment and recognition of national voluntary guides to good practice
- whether the advice on the scope, content and structure of guides is adequate and appropriate. If you think not, we would welcome any proposals for improvement
If your organisation intends to develop a national guide, it would be helpful if you could indicate this and its scope in your response to this consultation.
Article 22 of the Feed Hygiene Regulation provides the scope for Community guides to be adopted to assist feed business operators to comply with the requirements of the regulation. Where such guides are prepared, the European Commission will oversee the development and dissemination of these guides, in accordance with Article 22. The development of Community guides is not part of this consultation, but when preparing national guides, organisations must also consider any Community guides that have been developed, especially if they cover the same sectors.
Assessment of good practice guides
The Agency intends to set up an assessment panel to help with the assessment of good practice guides. Membership would be drawn from industry, enforcement and central Government. The Agency may conduct a separate exercise later in the year to recruit members to the new assessment panel.
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