ICCF publishes its guidance document on ‘Environmental Risk Assessment Approach’ for public comments

28 November 2022 – An Expert Working Group under the umbrella of the International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF), composed of experts drawn from the ICCF founding members has developed a new guidance document on ‘Feed Ingredient Environmental Risk Assessment Approach’.

The ICCF Steering Committee adopted the draft Guidance Document for Public Consultation on the 02nd of November 2022.

The public consultation on the Guidance Document ‘Feed ingredient Environmental Risk Assessment Approach’ is now open. Interested stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on the document using the feedback form available below until the 31st of December 2022.

The draft guidance document provides recommendations to applicants for evaluating the risk of feed ingredients to the environment, when fed to terrestrial animals or when introduced in aquaculture systems. It provides an approach for evaluating, whether an environmental risk assessment is required, based on exclusion criteria and models for calculating the concentration of the feed ingredient in the relevant environmental compartments (soil and water). Depending on the outcome of the evaluation described in this guidance document, further studies may be required, related to the risk of the feed ingredient to the environment.

The draft ICCF guidance document and feedback form can be downloaded at the following link:

ICCF Technical Guidance Documents (iccffeed.org).

Stakeholders are invited to provide their comments by 31st of December 2022 via email to [email protected] using the template for comments developed for this guidance document.


About ICCF

The International Cooperation for the Convergence of Technical requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) was created in 2017. It was founded by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the European Commission (DG SANTE)[1] and the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures (FEFANA), and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF). The ICCF aims at developing science-based technical guidance documents supporting the feed industry in assessing their products and to aid in the preparation of pre-market assessment submissions. For more information about the ICCF, please contact the ICCF secretariat at [email protected]


Issued by ICCF

[1] Supported by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

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