ICCF launches guidance document

The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) has launched its draft guidance document on ‘Homogeneity Testing of Feed Ingredients’ for public consultation.

Interested stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on this draft guidance document by November 15, 2019.

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 products.

The draft guidance document provides guidance to applicants for designing a study on Homogeneity testing in support of a safety evaluation of feed ingredients. It was developed by 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).