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Guides to Good Practice

About the guides

The development, dissemination and use of both national and Community guides to good practice must be encouraged. However, these guides may be used on a voluntary basis by the feed business operators.

Guidelines for the development of Community guides to good practice have been prepared together with the EU countries.

These Community guides to good practice were developed in accordance with Article 22 of Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene. Their contents are practicable throughout the EU for the sector to which they refer and are suitable as guides for compliance with the hygiene and HACCP requirements of that Regulation.

EU Guides

On 29 January 2007, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health assessed the following Community guides to good practice:

  1. Title: Community guide to good practice for the EU industrial compound feed and premixtures manufacturing sector for food-producing animals — European Feed Manufacturers Guide. Version 1.2 was endorsed on the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed on 20-21 November 2014

    Author:FEFAC — Fédération Européenne des Fabricants d'Aliments Composés (Europäischer Verband der Mischfutterindustrie, European Feed Manufacturers' Federation)

  2. Title: Community guide to good practice for feed additive and premixture operators. Version 2

    Author:FAMI-QS — European Association for Feed Additives and Premixtures Quality System

  3. Title:Guide to good practice for the manufacture of safe pet foods. Version 15 (September 2017) was assessed on the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed on 5-7 February 2018

    Author:FEDIAF — Fédération Européenne de l'Industrie des Aliments pour Animaux Familiers (European Pet Food Industry Federation).

    On 16 June 2010, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health endorsed the following Community guide to good practice.

  4. Title: European Guide to good practice for the industrial manufacture of safe feed materials. Version 3.1 was endorsed on the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed on the 20-21 November 2014.

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    Sector reference documents:

    On 20-21 November 2014, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed also endorsed the following reference documents to the European Guide to good practice for the industrial manufacture of safe feed materials:

    The translations of the above mentioned documents can be found on the EFISC website (left hand column, under 'European Guide')

    On 19-20 July 2010, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health endorsed the following Community guide to good practice.

  5. Title: European Guide to Good Hygiene Practices for the collection, storage, trading and transport of cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, other plant products and products derived thereof. Version 2.2 was endorsed on the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed on 9-10 July 2015

    The translations of the above mentioned document can be found on the COCERAL website.

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    The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health periodically review the guides in cooperation with the stakeholders and other interested parties.

National Guides

A Register for National Guides to Good Hygiene Practice has been set up by the Commission to make them available to Member States and feed and food business operators. For detailed information about national guidelines in different sectors users can perform filter searches.

An overview of all feed guides is also available here.