This is Ireland’s “Multi-Annual National Control Plan” or MANCP. It describes how Ireland meets its obligations under ‘Union agri-food chain legislation.’
Why are we doing this?
Preparing a MANCP is a requirement of the European Union's agri-food chain legislation. All member states must prepare, and publish, a MANCP.
Regulation (EU) 2017/625 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products sets out the requirements for MANCPs. The European Commission has also published guidance to help member states.
The strategic objectives of the MANCP have been prepared in line with Regulation (EU) 2017/625, and in consultation with relevant stakeholders, such as other competent authorities (CAs) and official agencies with which the FSAI has service contracts.
The MANCP describes:
- the structure of the official control (OC) system,
- details relating to the “competent authorities” (CAs),
- the planning of OCs.
The MANCP, covers official controls performed, within the jurisdiction of Irish CAs for the verification of compliance with the rules, including those established at Union level and by Ireland, to apply Union legislation, in the areas of:
- food and food safety, integrity and wholesomeness at any stage of production, processing and distribution of food, including rules aimed at ensuring fair practices in trade and protecting consumer interests and information, and the manufacture and use of materials and articles intended to come into contact with food;
- deliberate release into the environment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for the purpose of food and feed production;
- feed and feed safety at any stage of production, processing and distribution of feed and the use of feed, including rules aimed at ensuring fair practices in trade and protecting consumer health, interests and information;
- animal health requirements;
- prevention and minimisation of risks to human and animal health arising from animal by-products and derived products;
- welfare requirements for animals;
- protective measures against pests of plants;
- requirements for the placing on the market and use of plant protection products and the sustainable use of pesticides, with the exception of pesticides application equipment;
- organic production and labelling of organic products;
- use and labelling of protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications and traditional specialities guaranteed.
It also describes:
- the risk categorisation of the official controls
- the delegation of tasks to delegated bodies
- how coordination is achieved between the CAs
- the procedures and arrangements in place to ensure compliance with Article 5(1) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 relating to:
- the effectiveness and appropriateness of official controls and other official activities
- the impartiality, quality and consistency of official controls and other official activities at all levels
- staff performing OCs, and other official activities, being free from any conflict of interest
- laboratory capacity for analysis, testing and diagnosis;
- the qualification and experience of staff, so that official controls and other official activities can be performed efficiently and effectively;
- CAs’ facilities and equipment;
- legal powers to perform official controls and other official activities.
- the training of staff of the CAs
- documented procedures provided for in Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) 2017/625
- how competent authorities are audited
- the general organisation and operation of contingency plans
- the general organisation of cooperation and mutual assistance between competent authorities in the Member States.
Responsibility for delivering the MANCP is shared between the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Single MANCP Body
For the purposes of this MANCP, and Article 109 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been designated as the single body tasked with:
coordinating the preparation of the MANCP across all competent authorities responsible for the official controls;
ensuring that the MANCP is coherent;
collecting the information on the implementation of the MANCP.
Annual Reports relating to the MANCP are submitted to the European Commission.
The MANCP is review annually, and modified or amended, as required, to ensure it reflects current arrangements for official controls in Ireland.
For further information, or to submit queries, comments, or corrections in respect of the MANCP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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