Residues of veterinary medicinal products in foodstuffs of animal origin

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 — EU procedures for establishing residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

It lays down rules on maximum residue limits for pharmacologically active substances, such as antibiotics, used in veterinary medicine in respect of food of animal origin, including meat, fish, milk, eggs and honey — in order to ensure food safety.

In this regard, it establishes:

KEY POINTS

FROM WHEN DOES THIS REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 6 July 2009.

BACKGROUND

Previous EU rules on this issue were too complex and led to a decrease in the availability of medicines for food-producing animals in the EU. This regulation was introduced to ensure both consumer safety and the availability of veterinary medicines to treat specific diseases.

KEY TERMS

Maximum residue limit (MRL): the maximum concentration of a residue of a pharmacologically active substance which may be permitted in food of animal origin.
Reference point for action: the level of a residue of a pharmacologically active substance established for control reasons in the case of certain substances for which a maximum residue limit has not been laid down. The reference points for action are established in consultation with official control laboratories.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 laying down Community procedures for the establishment of residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin, repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 2377/90 and amending Directive 2001/82/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 152, 16.6.2009, pp. 11-22)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/880 of 23 May 2017 laying down rules on the use of a maximum residue limit established for a pharmacologically active substance in a particular foodstuff for another foodstuff derived from the same species and a maximum residue limit established for a pharmacologically active substance in one or more species for other species, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 135, 24.5.2017, pp. 1-5)

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/12 of 6 January 2017 regarding the form and content of the applications and requests for the establishment of maximum residue limits in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 470/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 4, 7.1.2017, pp. 1-7)

Commission Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 of 22 December 2009 on pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin (OJ L 15, 20.1.2010, pp. 1-72)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Council Regulation (EEC) No 315/93 of 8 February 1993 laying down Community procedures for contaminants in food (OJ L 37, 13.2.1993, pp. 1-3)

See consolidated version.

last update 23.11.2017