Live animals and food of animal origin
Draft Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) on uniform practical arrangements for the performance of official controls as regards the use of pharmacologically active substances authorised as veterinary medicinal products or as feed additives and of prohibited or unauthorised pharmacologically active substances and residues thereof, on specific content of multi-annual national control plans and specific arrangements for their preparation (Text with EEA relevance).
Official controls must be performed by the competent authorities regularly, on a risk basis and with appropriate frequency. The provisions on residue monitoring plans according to Directive 96/23/EC are repealed by the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 by 14 December 2022. The current system is to be maintained and aligned to a more risk-based approach, while still ensuring a sufficient sampling frequency. This draft implementing act set out the general requirements of the content of the national control plans for pharmacologically active substances authorised as veterinary medicinal products or as feed additives and of prohibited or unauthorised pharmacologically active substances and residues thereof in food-producing animals and food of animal origin regarding minimum sampling frequencies and additional arrangements (submission of the plans and gathered data), while leaving the risk-based design up to the Member States, in line with the general approach of the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625.
This draft Regulation is interlinked with the draft Commission Delegated Regulation (notification G/SPS/N/EU/571) which sets out specific requirements such as sampling frequency, range of samples and stage of production, processing and distribution where the samples are to be taken and criteria to be taken into account for the design of the control plans.