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Egg Legislation

Here you can find the legislation on eggs in detail. If you would like information and guidance on what is contained in the legislation, please visit our main section on eggs.

Marketing eggs 

EU legislation

Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 347, p. 671–854, 20.12.2013) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products.

Implementing rules

Commission Regulation (EC) No 589/2008 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 163, p6, 24.06.2008) of 23 June 2008 laying down detailed rules for implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards marketing standards for eggs

Amended by

Commission Regulation (EC) No 598/2008 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 164, p14, 25.06.2008) of 24 June 2008

Commission Regulation (EU) No 557/2010 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 159, p13, 25.06.2010) of 24 June 2010 amending various regulations as regards the notification obligations within the common organisation of agricultural markets
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 342/2013 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 107, p4, 17.04.2013) of 16 April 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 589/2008
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 458/2013 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 133, p17, 17.05.2013) of 16 May 2013 correcting Regulation (EC) No 589/2008
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1185 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 171, 4.7.2017, p. 113–130) of 20 April 2017 laying down rules for the application of Regulations (EU) No 1307/2013 and (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards notifications to the Commission of information and documents and amending and repealing several Commission Regulations
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2168 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 306, p. 6–8, 22.11.2017) of 20 September 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 589/2008 as regards marketing standards for free range eggs where hens' access to open-air runs is restricted

View the latest consolidated version of Regulation (EC) No 589/2008 ((this opens in a new tab) as at the 25 November 2017)

National legislation

European Communities (Marketing Standards for Eggs) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No 140 of 2009(this opens in a new tab)

The S.I. does not apply to eggs sold directly by a producer to the final consumer provided that, if the producer has a flock of more than 50 hens, the eggs are marked with the producer code or, if the producer has a flock of up to 50 hens, the name and address of the producer are indicated at the point of sale.

See our factsheet for producers of small quantities of eggs

Welfare of hens and registration

EU legislation

Standards for protection of laying hens

Council Directive 1999/74/EC (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 203, p53, 03.08.1999) of 19 July 1999 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens

Amended by

Council Regulation (EC) No 806/2003 (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 122, p1, 16.05.2003) of 14 April 2003

Regulation (EU) No 2017/625 (this opens in a new tab) of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 95, 07.04.2017, p. 1–142) of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules for animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products

View the latest consolidated version of Directive 99/74/EC (this opens in a new tab) (as at 14 September 2019)

Decision 2004/433/EC (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 154, p44, 30.04.2002) of 29 April 2004

Registration of establishments

Commission Directive 2002/4/EC (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 30, p44, 31.01.2002) of 30 January 2002 on the registration of establishments keeping laying hens, covered by Council Directive 1999/74/EC

Adapted by

Commission Directive 2006/83/EC (this opens in a new tab) (OJ L 362, p97, 20.12.2006) of 23 October 2006 adapting Directive 2002/4/EC on the registration of establishments keeping laying hens, covered by Council Directive 1999/74/EC, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania

National legislation

European Communities (Welfare of Farmed Animals) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 14 of 2008(this opens in a new tab)

Council Directive No. 1999/74/EC and Commission Directive 2002/4/EC are tranposed into Irish legislation by S.I. No. 14 of 2008.