Implementation of Official Sea Food Safety Control fees
From 1st October 2021, the SFPA will be charging fees in respect of food safety official controls carried out at approved establishments and approved vessels, as required by the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 which came into force on 1/1/2019. This EU regulation introduced a suite of charges for food safety official controls at approved establishment and vessels. Article 20 of SI No 22 of 2020 gives legal effect to this Regulation.
Attached is a letter and information pack which sets out the framework and fees payable by Food Business Operators in respect of the range of official controls at approved fishery establishments and vessels that will apply from 1st October 2021. Food Business Operators will be invoiced quarterly in arrears, therefore first invoices for fees will be issued in January 2022.
It is important that you read this letter with the attached supporting documentation which includes a FAQ explaining what is involved, as well as a customer form, all approved establishments and vessels are required to complete and submit to the SFPA for the purpose of issuing invoices and a template of the self-declaration form, all approved establishments and vessels are required to complete and submit to the SFPA for the purpose of charging fees. The self declaration form must be submitted the SFPA within a week of quarter end. The SFPA will issue the invoice for fees to the operator by the end of the same month. It also includes information on where you can find assistance with any additional queries that you may have.