Regulation 2003/1831 - Additives for use in animal nutrition

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Current status

This regulation was in effect from November  7, 2003 until August 31, 2010.


Key information

official title

Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition
Legal instrument Regulation
Number legal act Regulation 2003/1831
Original proposal COM(2002)153 EN
CELEX number i 32003R1831


Key dates

Document 22-09-2003
Publication in Official Journal 18-10-2003; Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 03 Volume 036,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 03 Volume 040,OJ L 268, 18.10.2003,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 03 Volume 049,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 03 Volume 049,Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 03 Volume 040,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 03 Volume 040
Effect 07-11-2003; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 26.1
18-10-2004; Application Date pub. + 12 Months See Art 26.2
End of validity 31-08-2010; Partial end of validity Art. 23.2 Implicitly repealed by 32009R0767


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 268/29



of 22 September 2003

on additives for use in animal nutrition

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 37 and 152(4)(b) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (2),

Following consultation of the Committee of the Regions,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (3),




Livestock production occupies a very important place in the agriculture of the Community. Satisfactory results depend to a large extent on the use of safe and good-quality feedingstuffs.



The free movement of safe and wholesome food and feed is an essential aspect of the internal market and contributes significantly to the health and well-being of citizens, and to their social and economic interests.



A high level of protection of human life and health should be assured in the pursuit of Community policies.



In order to protect human health, animal health and the environment, feed additives should undergo a safety assessment through a Community procedure before being placed on the market, used or processed within the Community. Since pet food is not part of the human food chain and has no environmental impact on arable land, specific provisions for additives in pet food are appropriate.



It is a principle of the Community food law enshrined in Article 11 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (4) that food and feed imported for placing on the market within the Community must comply with the relevant requirements of Community legislation or with conditions recognised by the Community to be at least equivalent thereto. It is therefore necessary to subject imports from third countries of additives for use in animal nutrition to requirements equivalent to those applying to additives produced in the Community.



Action by the Community relating to human health, animal health and the environment should be based on the precautionary principle.



In accordance with Article 153 of the Treaty, the Community is to contribute to promoting the right of consumers to information.



Experience with the application of Council Directive 70/524/EEC of 23 November 1970 concerning additives in feedingstuffs (5) has shown that it is necessary to review all the rules on additives in order to take into account the need to ensure a greater degree of protection of animal and human health and of the environment. It is also necessary to take into account the fact that technological progress and scientific developments have made available new types of additives, such as those to be used on silage or in water.



This Regulation should also cover mixtures of additives sold to the end-user, and the marketing and use of those mixtures should comply with the conditions laid down in the authorisation of each single additive.



Premixtures should not be regarded as preparations covered by the definition of additives.



The basic principle in this field should be that only those additives approved under the procedure provided for in this Regulation may be placed on the market, used and processed in animal feeding under conditions set out...


This text has been adopted from EUR-Lex.


Original proposal



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