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ICCF publishes feed ingredient identification and characterization guidance

The guidance addresses the recommendations regarding the information in a submission package to properly identify and characterize the feed ingredient under evaluation.

December 12, 2023

The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) Steering Committee has endorsed the guidance document on Identification and characterization of feed ingredients during its meeting in September 2023.

In 2021, an Expert Working Group composed of dedicated regulatory authorities and industry experts from the founding ICCF members was created to provide recommendations on information necessary for the establishment of the identity and characterization of feed ingredients.

This guidance document will support the applicants to gather the relevant information for that purpose. The guidance document is accompanied by a checklist to support the applicants when collecting the data to be included in the submission package.

The guidance document builds on existing international guidance documents, the expertise and experience of a panel of experts drawn from the ICCF founding members, and the comments received during the consultation phase conducted in January 2022.

The following categories of feed ingredients are considered:

  • Feed ingredients manufactured by chemical reactions
  • Feed ingredients of plant origin
  • Feed ingredient containing (a) viable microorganism(s)
  • Feed ingredient manufactured by fermentation/biological steps, not containing viable microorganism(s)
  • Feed ingredients of animal origin
  • Feed ingredients of mineral origin

The ICCF Guidance document published in September 2023 can be downloaded here.