Article 109 of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/625 on official controls and other official activities requires each Member State to prepare a single integrated Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP). This plan must contain general information on the structure and organisation of the official controls conducted in all the areas governed by the rules referred to in Article 1(2) and in accordance with the criteria laid down in Article 9 and with the rules provided for in Articles 18 to 27 of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/625 in the Member State concerned. The MANCP should contain information in particular on:
(a) the strategic objectives of the MANCP and on how the prioritisation of official controls and allocation of resources reflect these objectives.
(b) the risk categorisation of the official controls.
(c) the designation of competent authorities and their tasks at central, regional and local level, and on resources available to those authorities.
(d) where appropriate, the delegation of tasks to delegated bodies.
(e) the general organisation and management of official controls at national, regional and local level, including official controls in individual establishments.
(f) control systems applied to different sectors and coordination between the different services of competent authorities responsible for official controls in those sectors.
(g) procedures and arrangements in place to ensure compliance with the obligations of the competent authorities provided for in Article 5(1).
(h) the training of staff of the competent authorities.
(i) the documented procedures provided for in Article 12(1).
(j) the general organisation and operation of contingency plans in accordance with the rules referred to in Article 1(2) and
(k) the general organisation of cooperation and mutual assistance between competent authorities in the Member States.
Ireland developed its first Multi-annual National Control Plan in 2007. The plan was jointly developed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
In line with the requirements of Article 111 of Regulation (EU) No. 2017/625 Ireland’s Multi-Annual National Control Plan is publicly available and can be viewed here. The MANCP is regularly reviewed and updated as required. The MANCP annual reports for Ireland are also publicly available and can be viewed here.