EU Co-ordinated Control Programmes

EU Co-ordinated Control Programmes

The Commission has the mandate to recommend coordinated control programs where considered necessary and on an ad-hoc basis, to assess the prevalence of hazards in feed, food or animals.

Coordinated control programs are useful tools to better understand the extent of malpractices or fraudulent practices in a certain sector. They rely on harmonised sampling and methods of analysis to be implemented by all the participating countries, for a limited period, so that the results can be properly evaluated.

In the period between 2013 and 2016 the Commission launched three control plans: horse meat, honey and fish substitution.

In 2017 the Commission organised the first EU coordinated control programme on online offered food products.

Applicable legislation

Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls.

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on Food Information to Consumers.