Typical feed additives include vitamins, trace elements, zootechnical additives (such as anti-blackhead drugs), preservatives, anti-oxidants, etc.
The authorisation, marketing and use of feed additives is currently regulated under Council Regulation (EC) 1831/2003 (pdf 374Kb) on additives for use in animal nutrition. The provisions of this legislation have been given effect in National Legislation under the European Communities (Feed Additives in Feedingstuffs) Regulations 2005 (SI 242 of 2005) (pdf 154Kb).
Before a feed additive may be marketed or used, it must be authorised in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation. To obtain authorisation a manufacturer, or his agent, is required to submit a dossier containing data and studies, which demonstrate the efficacy and safety of the product for animals, consumers and the environment. Guidelines are available setting out the type of studies and information to be included in a dossier.
A document setting out the additives currently authorised and their conditions of use is available on the EU Commission's website at:
Additives and pre-mixtures containing additives are products intended for use in the manufacture of feeds and are only available at Commercial Feed Operators registered and approved as manufacturers or intermediaries of additives. In general, additives may not be administered directly to animals or top-dressed on animal feed.
Other relevant EU Legislation
Commission Regulation (EC) No.429/2008 (pdf 362Kb) of 25 April 2008 on detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the preparation and the presentation of applications and the assessment and the authorisation of feed additives