Financing of official controls

Financing of official controls

Regulation (EC) N° 882/2004 requires the EU countries to provide adequate financial resources for official controls. In order to do so, the EU countries are free to charge fees for official controls or to obtain revenue via general taxation.

To cover the costs of official control activities in certain specific sectors, the Regulation requires that mandatory inspection fees (or charges) be collected. It concerns those sectors where presence of control authority staff is most intensive (i.e. production of meat, fishery, dairy products, and certain activities performed on imported goods at the borders). The levels of the inspection fees as well as methods and data used for their calculation are subject to the rules laid down in the Regulation.

These common rules apply to routine control activities required under EU or national law. When official controls reveal non-compliance with feed and food law, the extra costs resulting from additional controls must be paid by the business operator concerned.