only feed additives authorised in the EU may be used for feed purposes.

Legal Basis

The Additives Directive 70/524 EEC - repealed with the exception of Art. 16 - has been replaced by Regulation (EC) 1831/2003 on additives in animal nutrition (in force since 19.10.2004).

With the entry into force of this Regulation, the authorisation procedure for additives changed massively. All previously notified additives now require approval by the European Commission. The feed industry was given until 8 November 2010 to submit applications for approval to the European Commission. These are currently being re-evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

All additives notified and authorised throughout the EU have been included in a provisional register of feed additives. Notified additives for which no authorisation has been requested shall be deleted from the register and shall therefore no longer be considered as feed additives, while notified additives in the process of authorisation shall remain in the register.

"Guidelines" for the Authorisation of Additives

  • Regulation (EC) No 429/2008 for the preparation and presentation of applications and the evaluation and authorisation of feed additives (since April 2008).
  • For applications for authorisation submitted before May 2008, Directive 87/153/EEC and Directive 94/40/EEC for micro-organisms and enzymes still apply.
  • Transitional arrangements for applications submitted before 11.6.2009 may also use parts of Directive 87/153/EEC for the preparation of a dossier.
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