According to NGFA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine today announced the agency will conduct a virtual public meeting on Feb. 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern, concerning FDA’s role in the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) feed ingredient definition process.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to solicit stakeholder input on how to improve FDA’s role in the AAFCO feed ingredient definition process and how FDA could gather input on the safety of each pending ingredient definition.

To facilitate receiving feedback, FDA plans to present during the meeting on the FDA-AAFCO relationship, explain how FDA currently participates in the AAFCO feed ingredient definition process, and discuss potential changes to FDA’s
approach with AAFCO. In addition, AAFCO will present information about its organization and how it works with FDA.

The majority of the meeting time will be dedicated to giving stakeholders an opportunity to share feedback and suggestions with FDA as the agency looks to improve its role in the AAFCO feed ingredient definition process. FDA is specifically seeking stakeholder presentations or written comments that address one or more of the following questions:


1. What steps can FDA take to improve stakeholder understanding of FDA’s engagement in AAFCO’s feed ingredient definition process and better communicate this information with the public?


2. What changes to FDA’s role in AAFCO’s feed ingredient definition process would be helpful to stakeholders and why?


3. If FDA made a list of AAFCO feed ingredient definition requests publicly available, where would stakeholders prefer to find such a list and what information would stakeholders like to see with such a list?


4. What do stakeholders view as successful or valuable in FDA’s continued participation as the scientific reviewers for new AAFCO feed ingredient definitions?

Interested stakeholders also may submit feedback as written comments to the docket. To electronically submit comments, visit regulations.gov and type FDA-2022-N-3122 in the search box. FDA is accepting electronic or written comments until March 9, 2023.

Meeting Registration: To attend the meeting, complete FDA’s registration form: Registration: CVM Virtual Public Meeting on FDA’s Role in the AAFCO Animal Feed Ingredient Definition Process.

Early registration is encouraged.

Requests to Make Oral Remarks: The registration form includes a section in which a request to make oral remarks during the meeting may be made. All requests to make oral remarks must be received by Jan. 12, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. eastern.

More information about the meeting is available on FDA’s meeting webpage.