Guidance on the Substantiation of Claims made on Animal Nutrition updated

The Guidance on the Substantiation of Claims made on Animal Nutrition has been updated as of 18 August 2016.

The key changes in version 1.2 with respect to version 1.1 are shown in Appendix VII of the document.

The Guidance on Substantiation was first defined on 25 July 2013 and was first updated (version 1.1) in July 2014. The guidance was drawn up by the Veterinary Medicinal Products Unit on request by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Basis for claims made about animal nutrition

Article 13 of the Regulation on the Placing on the Market and Use of Feed (767/2009/EC) is the basis for claims made about animal nutrition. This created the possibility as of 1 September 2010 to place a claim on an animal feed label. The European Commission leaves the further details of the assessment of the claim to the individual member states. The competent authority in the Netherlands for monitoring and enforcement of claims about animal feed is the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

Article 13 of the Regulation on the Placing on the Market and Use of Feed (767/2009/EC) has been elaborated further at the national level in the Guidance on the substantiation of Claims made on Animal Nutrition. This document has been defined by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and may be seen as the national guideline on the placement and substantiation of a claim on an animal feed label.

The Veterinary Medicinal Products Unit is also involved in the licensing of animal feed additives and diet feed.

The Veterinary Medicinal Products Unit is part of the Medicines Evaluation Board agency.