Centralised Animal Feed Official Controls Delivery Model

Closed 8 Jul 2020

Opened 13 May 2020

Feedback updated 6 Nov 2020

We asked

We asked if a model transferring competency with an ability to delegate would achieve the expected benefits, of addressing identified weaknesses and establishing a sustainable process for future feed law delivery, outlined in the consultation document.

You said

A model transferring competency with an ability to delegate would be beneficial.

Any future model would need to be adequately and sustainably resourced; support the maintenance of skills and knowledge of officers delivering official controls; provide consistency to the feed sector and maintain the benefits of local knowledge.

We did

FSS continues to work with stakeholders through an Implementation Group and other mechanisms to develop the infrastructure to deliver the new model.

Results updated 6 Nov 2020

Centralised Animal Feed Official Controls Delivery Model - Consultation Response

Questions asked in the consultation are presented in the attached response, along with a table providing the stakeholders’ substantive comments.

FSS responses are summarised in the last column of the table. Comments marked** are summarised views from the five respondents who preferred not have their comments published.


FSS is grateful to those stakeholders who responded to this consultation - these stakeholders are listed at the end of the document, subject to their agreement. Full responses are published on Citizen Space.


We also attach the finalised Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment



The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on the proposal to implement a centralised model for the delivery of animal feed official controls which will see functions transferred from LAs to FSS. Information on the proposal is contained in the Consultation Letter and BRIA (downloads).

Further information on ongoing work in the feed sector can be viewed here on the FSS Scotland website

Currently, LAs are legally required to deliver official controls and provide for the enforcement of feed law within their areas. Directly applicable EU law regulates this field, including, amongst others, EU Regulation No. 183/2005, EU Regulation No. 178/2002 and EU Regulation No. 2017/625. Currently, FSS has administrative functions only in relation to feed.

The future delivery model will see FSS become the single competent feed authority in Scotland and will permit FSS the option of delegating authority to LAs, and other qualifying bodies or persons, to carry out feed official control functions on its behalf. The model will also enable FSS to deliver centralised feed law functions in Scotland, especially within the areas where LAs cannot.

The future delivery model requires to be delivered by way of a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) to transfer LA’s statutory feed official control functions to FSS. The planned SSI will amend the following legislation only:

  • The Agriculture Act 1970
  • The Genetically Modified Animal Feed (Scotland) Regulations 2004
  • The Genetically Modified Organisms (Traceability and Labelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2004
  • The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005
  • The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009
  • The Animal Feed (Scotland) Regulations 2010
  • The Animal Feed (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2018
  • The Feed (Sampling and Analysis and Specified Undesirable Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

Why your views matter

We want to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the proposed policy to transfer animal feed official control functions in Scotland from LAs to FSS to allow a coordinated national approach to the delivery of and sustainability of these functions.  

What happens next

Consultation responses will be analysed and feedback will be provided following the consultation.



  • Law Enforcement
  • Government
  • Public analyst laboratory
  • Local authority
  • Primary producer
  • Farmer
  • Scottish Government
  • local authority


  • regulation
  • feed
  • enforcement
  • feed law
  • primary production
  • Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System
  • audit