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London (United Kingdom) – The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) launched its first two draft guidance documents for public consultation. The documents cover ‘Stability Testing of Feed Ingredients’ and ‘Sub-chronic Oral Toxicity Testing in Laboratory Animals’. Interested stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on these two draft guidance documents by 01 February 2019.

Common guidance

The ICCF aims to establish common guidance, across different international jurisdictions, which cover technical requirements for the assessment of feed ingredients, including new uses of existing feed ingredients. This important international collaboration is the result of a collaborative effort to bring together feed regulators and industry feed associations to work on mechanisms that help facilitate free and fair trade of feed ingredients while supporting the safety of the feed and food chain and sustainably meeting the global growing demand for animal protein.

Risk evaluation

The draft guidance documents provide guidance to applicants on the study design for conducting a study supporting a risk evaluation of feed ingredients. Each document was developed with a panel of experts drawn from the ICCF founding members. This included regulators from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the European Commission (DG SANTE), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and industry from the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC), the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA) and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF). 

The two draft ICCF guidance documents can be downloaded at the IFIF-website. Stakeholders are invited to provide comments by 01 February 2019 via email to: iccf@ifif.org. Both general and specific comments are welcome. Specific comments should be provided in tracked changes.

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