Feed additives play an important role in animal nutrition, addressing various aspects such as feed safety, reduction of environmental emissions and sustainability in livestock farming. Before placing feed additives on the market, the industry needs to ask for authorisation as specified in Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003. The authorisation procedure involves a scientific evaluation of data provided by the applicant via a dossier including methods of analysis that allow Member States official control laboratories to check whether the use of feed additives are in compliance with legal conditions.
In 2004 the newly established European Union Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives (EURL-FA) which is supported by a network of National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) went into operation in order to perform this evaluation. Moreover, the EURL-FA conducted proficiency testing (PTs) of Member States expert laboratories for the analysis of specific feed additives. Since then the EURL-FA/NRL network successfully evaluated analytical methods related to more than 350 dossiers and has organised three PTs.
On November 14, 2014 the EURL-FA therefore celebrates its 10th anniversary with colleagues from DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority, the NRLs and industry representatives. A review of the activities during the last 10 years will be presented and feedback from all main stakeholders will be given. The event will also give the opportunity to exchange views and expectations on the activities of the EURL-FA in the future, from a policy support perspective.