We have free resources available on the rules and requirements for importing food from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) and for placing these products on the EU Single Market.
Find useful information about Brexit in the resources listed below.
We currently have two eLearning modules available to assist you in understanding the requirements for importing foods from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland).
Food Import Requirements
Our eLearning module on food import requirements outlines the import requirements for importing all types of foods and food contact materials from the UK (excluding Northern Ireland). The module includes:
- registration requirements
- notification requirements
- documentary requirements
- types of import checks involved
- outcome of import checks
eLearning: Importing composite products
Composite products brought into Ireland from the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland) are imports.
This short Brexit mini-bite on importing composite products should take only 10 minutes to complete and includes interactive exercises around the following questions:
- Is your food a composite product or not?
- Does your composite product need a health certificate?
- Up to 1st January 2021, flour fortified under UK national rules was permitted on the EU market through a derogation available to Member States but this no longer applies to the UK as a third country. UK flour that was on the EU market prior to 1st January 2021 can continue to be traded on the EU market until the end of its shelf life.
- Since 1st January 2021, flour fortified under UK national rules cannot be placed on the EU market as the flour does not meet the minimum amounts set by the EU rules for levels of vitamins and minerals added to food (this does not apply to flour fortified under Northern Ireland (NI) national rules produced in NI).
- Unfortified flour (flour which does not have vitamins and minerals added to it) can be placed on the EU market.
- Flour that is fortified to a significant amount as set out by the EU rules can be placed on the EU market.
Compound foods (e.g., bread, biscuits, cakes, sauces) containing flour
Compound foods made in the UK using flour fortified under UK national rules can be placed on the EU market and are not required to be fortified to a significant amount. The labelling of a food containing this fortified flour has to comply with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 and in particular it shall not be misleading for the consumer by implying that the compound food has been fortified.
Compound foods made using flour fortified to a significant amount, as set by the EU rules for levels of vitamins and minerals added to food, are not required to be fortified to a significant amount to be placed legally on the EU market. The labelling of a compound food containing a fortified ingredient has to comply with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 and in particular it shall not be misleading for the consumer.
Brexit Bites webinars
The FSAI held a series of Brexit Bite webinars in 2020 to help food businesses prepare for the changes that Brexit brought from 1 January 2021.
Webinar: Import Documents
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine go through the documentation, certification and processes required to import foods of animal origin and explain the documentation, certification and processes involved with importing products of plant origin. To view the DAFM videos from this webinar and other DAFM Brexit webinars, view their YouTube channel.
Additionally, the FSAI provide a practical guide to food labelling rules post-Brexit and the HSE provide a webinar on import controls on food of non-animal origin.
What are the food labelling rules since Brexit? - a practical guide from the FSAI.
What are the import controls for food of non-animal origin since Brexit? - a guide from the HSE
Brexit Video Series
These 90 second videos provide a quick overview of some of the requirements for food imports.
Brexit will bring change
Brexit and Food Labelling
Brexit and Food Imports
Brexit and Product classification
Brexit and Port import control
FSAI Brexit Ezine
- Brexit Ezine - 05 March 2021
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Other sources of information
- Brexit Ready Ireland
- Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
- Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
- Health Service Executive (HSE)
- Brexit advice for local authority supervised businesses
- National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
- European Commission
- EU Commission Notices on getting ready for changes
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any Brexit-related food legislation queries.