ICCF publishes its guidance document on ‘identification and characterization of feed ingredients’

19 September 2023 – The International Cooperation for Convergence of Technical Requirements for the Assessment of Feed Ingredients (ICCF) Steering Committee is pleased to announce that it has endorsed the guidance document on ‘Identification and characterization of feed ingredients’ during its meeting on the 05th of September 2023.

In 2021, an Expert Working Group composed of dedicated regulatory authority and industry experts from the founding ICCF members was created to provide recommendations on information necessary for the establishment of the identity and characterization of feed ingredients. This guidance document will support the applicants to gather the relevant information for that purpose. The guidance document is accompanied by a checklist to support the applicants, when collecting the data to be included in the submission package.

The guidance document builds on existing international guidance documents, on the expertise and experience from a panel of experts drawn from the ICCF founding members, and on the comments received during the consultation phase conducted in January 2022.

The ICCF Guidance document can be downloaded at the following link:

ICCF Technical Guidance Documents (iccffeed.org)


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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