The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) steering committee has announced that it endorsed its first two guidance documents on “Stability Testing of Feed Ingredients” and “Sub-chronic Oral Toxicity Testing in Laboratory Animals” at its meeting March 14, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The documents were finalized after a two-month open public consultation, which closed in January.
ICCF aims to establish common guidance across different international jurisdictions that cover technical requirements for the assessment of feed ingredients, including new uses of existing feed ingredients. This cooperation is the result of a collaborative effort to help facilitate free and fair trade of safe and sustainable feed ingredients while meeting global growing demand for animal products.
The ICCF founding members include regulators from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the European Commission (DG SANTE) and industry members from the American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA), the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC), the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients & Their Mixtures (FEFANA) and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).
During 2018, two expert working groups composed of regulatory authority and industry experts from the founding members prepared the two draft guidance documents on necessary requirements for the testing of feed ingredients for stability and sub-chronic toxicity. These documents, built on consensus among the experts, were submitted for public consultation in December 2018 for a two-month period. Comments from regulators, academia and industry from different regions were received and considered. The groups finalized the two guidance documents and submitted them to the steering committee, which endorsed them.
The two ICCF guidance documents can be downloaded at https://ifif.org/our-work/project/iccf/.