Implementation of Sea Food Safety Official Control fees
From 1st October 2021, the SFPA are legally obliged to charge all approved Food Business Operators (both establishments and vessels) fees in respect of food safety official controls. The legal details about these fees is set out in the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 which came into force on 1st January 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.
The SFPA have produced a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) document with additional information, including how the fees are calculated, what businesses are being charged, and what product is being used to generate the invoices. Approved Food Business Operators will be invoiced quarterly in arrears. Fees are calculated based on the amount of products a business processes each quarter. Therefore, each Approved Food Business Operator is obliged to complete a Self Declaration form and submit it to the SFPA quarterly by the following dates:
- Friday 15th July 2022
- Friday 14th October 2022
- Friday 13th January 2023