The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) aims to develop and establish common guidance that covers technical requirements for the assessment of feed ingredients, including new uses of existing feed ingredients.
In September, following public consultation, it published its third guidance document covering “Homogeneity Testing of Feed Ingredients.”
The publication follows two earlier guidance documents published in April 2019 covering “Stability Testing of Feed Ingredients” and “Sub-chronic Oral Toxicity Testing in Laboratory Animals.”
In 2017, the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), together with regulatory authorities and feed and feed ingredient associations from Canada, the European Union and the U.S., launched ICCF. The international cooperation aims to develop and establish common guidance that covers technical requirements for the assessment of feed ingredients, including new uses of existing feed ingredients.
The founding members of ICCF include the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the European Commission (DG SANTE), the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the American Feed Industry Assn., the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada, the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients & their Mixtures (FEFANA) and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).
ICCF is the result of a concerted effort to bring together feed regulators and industry feed associations to work together to develop common guidance documents for technical requirements needed in the assessment of feed ingredients. This, the groups stated, will benefit not only the three regions covered, as the guidance documents will be made available for reference and use by other jurisdictions around the globe.
A goal of ICCF is to facilitate free and fair trade of feed ingredients as well as support the feed and food chain as it works to safely and sustainably meet the global growing demand for animal protein.
The ICCF Steering Committee, made up of representatives from the founding members of ICCF, is responsible for defining the priorities and activities of the project and establishing and overseeing the expert working groups tasked with developing specific technical guidance documents.
As this initiative develops, observer countries will be invited to join the expert groups and may be invited as non-voting members to the ICCF Steering Committee on an ad-hoc basis.
ICCF builds on the work of the 2013 IFIF report “Comparison of Regulatory Management of Authorized Ingredients, Approval Processes & Risk-Assessment Procedures for Feed Ingredients,” which covered synergies and gaps for product approvals in Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, Japan, South Africa and the U.S.