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Review of medicated feed legislation [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Beata Rojek (1st edition),

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In 2014 the Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on medicated feed with the aim to update and harmonise rules which date from 1990. These rules are currently laid out in a directive, which would be repealed and replaced by a regulation.

According to the Commission, the need to harmonise the production, marketing and use of medicated feed at EU level results from differences in national implementation that cause difficulties for producers and animal holders and create obstacles in the single market. The revised provisions should also contribute to tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Another aim would be to expand the scope of the regulation to pet animals to facilitate the availability of medicated feed for them.

The legislation on medicated feed is strongly interrelated with the legislation on veterinary medicines. This proposal was therefore presented together with the draft regulation on veterinary medicinal products and legislative work on both acts is being coordinated to assure consistency between their provisions.

On 15 March 2016, the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development adopted its report on the proposal and decided to open interinstitutional negotiations.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of medicated feed and repealing Council Directive 90/167/EEC
Committee responsible:




Shadow rapporteurs :



Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)

Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D, Spain)


Daniel Buda (EPP, Romania)

Julie Girling (ECR, UK)

Fredrick Federley (ALDE, Sweden)

Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL, Ireland)

Peter Eriksson (Greens/EFA, Sweden)

Giulia Moi (EFDD, Italy)

COM(2014)556 10.09.2014

2014/0255 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing (formerly ‘co-decision’))

Next steps expected: Trilogue discussions




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