Providing global scientific and regulatory solutions for pet food and animal feed ingredients.

Requirements for gaining market entry and maintaining compliance for pet food and animal feed ingredients are complex and vary widely across jurisdictions. Pet food and animal feed ingredients must demonstrate safety and utility in target animal species to be considered for pre-market approval. In many cases, registration of the ingredient and finished product is required.

Intertek has a well-connected global team with extensive experience meeting the regulatory requirements for pet food and animal feed ingredients. Our knowledgeable staff provides scientific and regulatory support at all stages of the product lifecycle.

Gaining approval of feed ingredients and additives globally requires a clear, efficient strategy. Intertek’s scientific and regulatory staff has the expertise to identify and outline the challenges across various jurisdictions and provide an actionable plan to address them.

Our services include:

  • Developing successful regulatory strategies and conducting feasibility assessments and gap analyses
  • Designing and placing studies to support the safety and efficacy (utility) of an ingredient for the intended use
  • Undertaking safety and efficacy assessments
  • Facilitating dialogue with regulatory agencies
  • Preparing registration dossiers and stewarding assessments by regulatory and scientific bodies (the United States Food and Drug Administration [FDA], Association of American Feed Control Officials [AAFCO], European Food Safety Authority [EFSA], Canadian Food Inspection Agency [CFIA], etc.)
  • Supporting AAFCO ingredient definitions
  • Preparing animal food Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Notifications
  • Coordinating Expert Panel reviews as part of the GRAS determination process
  • Facilitating publication of pivotal data in scientific journals

Regulatory frameworks for pre-market approval vary around the world: 

  • In the United States, pet food and feed ingredients must be either (i) approved food additives, (ii) GRAS for the intended use, or (iii) AAFCO -defined ingredients.
  • In Europe, Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition sets out detailed requirements for the pre-market approval of feed additives.
  • In Canada, all feed ingredients for use in livestock must be approved for market by the CFIA  and listed in Schedules IV and V of the Feeds Regulation (1983). Some ingredients and some mixed feeds must also be registered with the CFIA.  

Intertek Supports The Following Jurisdictions:

United States



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United Kingdom

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South Korea

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Australia / New Zealand

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Other Key Markets (Taiwan, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore)

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