Medicated feed contains a premix of veterinary medicines and requires veterinary prescription. Sometimes, it is the most effective way for a farmer to give medicine to his livestock.
The Commission regulated the conditions for mixing veterinary medicine into feed, its marketing and use across the EU in Directive 90/167/EEC.
This directive will be revised.
Its transposition in EU countries led to differences throughout the EU for manufacturers and farmers. Some provisions are not in line with developments in feed and veterinary medicinal products legislation.
See report on medicated feed in the EU.
Commission proposal for revision
On 10 September 2014, the European Commission has adopted a pair of proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed.
The proposed Regulation on medicated feed will repeal and substitute the outdated Directive (90/167/EEC) on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed.
- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed and repealing Council Directive 90/167/EEC
- Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
- Impact Assessment
Unit E5: Animal nutrition, veterinary medicines