Relationship between GMP+ FSA certification and EU legislation
03 October 2016
We frequently receive questions about the relationship between EU legislation and the GMP+ requirements, mainly by companies outside the European Union. For these com-panies, EU legislation doesn’t always apply (for instance when it doesn’t supply the Eu-ropean market), but still, they see references to EU legislation in the standard documents (the B and BA documents). In a number of cases, requirements from EU legislation have even been adopted in the standards. This newsletter clarifies the relationship between GMP+ FSA certification and EU legislation.
Basic requirement: You must meet legislation!
Chapter 2 of all B documents from the GMP+ Feed Certification scheme contains the fundamental requirement that every company that is active in the animal feed sector must meet relevant legislation. This relates both to legislation in the country in which the company is located and to legislation in the country where the feed is marketed. However, because GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance certification is applicable across the globe, it is impossible to follow and include worldwide legislation in the GMP+ FC scheme. Because of that, it remains the responsibility of every participant to make sure that the relevant feed legislation is complied with.
Because the majority of GMP+ participants is active in Europe and Europe has advanced legislation with regard to feed safety assurance, the EU legislation is included in the GMP+ normative documents.
A number of examples:
GMP+ BA1 Specific feed safety limits
This document contains the feed safety limits that are to be used by all GMP+ participants to determine whether a feed is safe or should be rejected. Source for the majority of these feed safety limits is EU legislation. This is also visible in the source reference of the feed safety limits. By including these (EU) standards in the GMP+ requirements, these standards apply to all GMP+ participants, including those outside of the EU.
GMP+ BA3 Minimum requirements negative list
EU legislation prohibits certain products for use as feed (or use in the production of feed). These forbidden products are included in GMP+ BA3 Minimum requirements negative list. These products forbidden in the EU, may NOT be used, not even by GMP+ companies in countries outside of Europe.
GMP+ BA4 Minimum requirements for Sampling and Analysis
This document also contains an example about including EU legislation, in doing so, making it applicable for all GMP+ participants; the protocol for monitoring for dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs in fats and oils. Here, the requested analyses apply both for GMP+ companies in Europe and GMP+ companies located outside of Europe.
Does that make EU legislation applicable for companies outside of Europe?
Indeed, if EU legislation is included in the GMP+ requirements, this means that it applies to all GMP+ participants all over the world.
Only when national legislation is stricter than the GMP+ FSA certification requirements, the GMP+ participant must, obviously, respect the requirements of that legislation. In all other cases (less strict or no national legislation) the GMP+ participant must observe the GMP+ requirements, regardless of where the company is located and what market it serves.
Because of this, the same level of feed safety assurance can be realized in all countries, including those with less strict feed safety legislation. This helps us assure that a GMP+ FSA certificate, means the same outside of Europe as it does within Europe.
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