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The guidance document offers relevant information for safety evaluation of feed ingredients.

The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) Steering Committee has endorsed the guidance document on ‘Manufacturing Process and Specification’.

Working group

During the year 2020, an expert working group composed of dedicated regulatory authority and industry experts from the founding ICCF members was created. This working group was to establish recommendation concerning the information to be provided on the manufacturing process of feed ingredients, for further risk assessment.


In addition, the description of the manufacturing process will support the provision of its specifications. The draft document built on consensus between the experts was submitted to Public Consultation in January 2021. Comments from different stakeholders were received and further discussed within the group of experts, before finalising the Guidance Document.


The draft guidance document provides guidance to applicants for providing the relevant information necessary for the safety evaluation of feed ingredients. It distinguishes different process steps to be described and provides guidance on the setting of specifications, in relation with the manufacturing process. The guidance document builds on existing international guidance documents, and on expertise and experience from a panel of experts drawn from the ICCF founding members.

Founding members

The ICCF founding members include regulators from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the European Commission (DG SANTE), and industry members 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).

Also read: International cooperation launched for the assessment of feed ingredients

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