European Parliament and Council Regulation 1831/2003 sets out rules for the authorization, marketing and labeling of feed additives. Only feed additives that were granted an authorization following a scientific evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may be put on the market. Commission Regulation 429/2008 sets out detailed rules for the preparation of applications and the assessment and the authorization of feed additives.
The regulation covers the following feed additive categories:
- Technological additives (e.g. preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, stabilizing agents, acidity regulators, silage additives)
- Sensory additives (e.g. flavors, colorants)
- Nutritional additives (e.g. vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements)
- Zootechnical additives (e.g. digestibility enhancers, gut flora stabilizers)
- Coccidiostats and histomonostats
A Community Register of feed additives is updated whenever authorizations are modified. Authorizations are granted for 10 years and are renewable. Applications for re-evaluation have to be submitted at least one year before the expiry date of the authorization.