EURL / Feed additives

Feed safety platform

Type of the activity: European Union Reference Laboratory



Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003, entered into force in October 2004, introduced a new community procedure for the authorisation, use and processing of feed additives on the European market. This procedure includes a safety assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in order to ensure protection for human health, animal health and the environment.
This Regulation also nominated the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission as Community Reference Laboratory for additives for use in animal nutrition (CRL for Feed Additives). The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the JRC has taken up the task. Regulation (EC) No 378/2005, as last amended by Regulation (EC) 885/2009, details the rules for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 and provides the practical conditions for the duties and tasks of the CRL. For these tasks, the EURL-FA is assisted by a consortium of 35 National Reference Laboratories.
Additional responsibilities are assigned to the CRL for Feed Additives by Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.


Project description

Objectives: to carry out the duties and tasks laid down by European legislation concerning feed additives

Description of the tasks
As detailed in Annex II or Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003, as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 885/2009, the EURL-FA is responsible for:

  1. the reception, storage and maintenance of the samples of the feed additive sent by the applicant seeking authorisation;
  2. evaluating the method of analysis of the feed additive, and of other relevant methods of analysis related to it, on the basis of the data provided in the application for authorisation of the feed additive as regards its suitability for official control;
  3. submitting a full evaluation report to the Authority on the results of the duties and tasks referred to in this Annex;
  4. where necessary, the testing of the method(s) of analysis;
  5. coordinating the validation of the method(s) of analysis of the additive, in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 378/2005
  6. provide scientific and technical assistance to the Commission, especially in cases where Member States contest the results of analyses;
  7. coordinating the consortium of national reference laboratories assisting the CRL-FA;
  8. maintaining a database of methods of analysis available for control of feed additives

Furthermore, as laid down by Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, the CRL for feed additives is also responsible for:

  1. Providing national reference laboratories (NRLs) with details of analytical methods, including reference methods;
  2. Coordinating application by the NRLs of the above mentioned methods, in particular by organising comparative testing and by ensuring an appropriate follow-up of such comparative testing in accordance with internationally accepted protocols, when available;
  3. Coordinating practical arrangements needed to apply new analytical methods and informing the NRLs of advances in this field;
  4. Conducting initial and further training courses for the benefit of staff from NRLs and of experts from developing countries;
  5. Providing scientific and technical assistance to the Commission, especially in cases where Member States contest the result of analysis
  6. Collaborating with laboratories responsible for analysing feed and food in third countries


Project team

Operating manager

Dr. Christoph von Holst
European Union Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives
European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
Retieseweg 111
B-2440 Geel, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)14 571 211
Fax: +32 (0)14 571 787

Authorisation activities

Dr. Piotr Robouch
Tel.: +32 (0)14 571 925
Fax: +32 (0)14 571 787

Control activities

Dr. Ursula Vincent
Tel.: +32 (0)14 571 207
Fax: +32 (0)14 571 787


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