EU approval of food establishments

If you want to place food of animal origin or sprouts on the market, you may need a permit before starting your work, which you can apply for at the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES).

If you wish to place products of animal origin or sprouts on the market, you may need an authorisation before commenceing your activity.
If you run a business that belongs to the following categories (not exhaustively), you need a license for the corresponding activity:

  • Meat:
    • Slaughterhouses
    • Cutting plants
    • Establishment producing minced meat, meat preparations or meat products
    • Mechanically separated meat producers
    • Meat processing plants
    • Game processing plants
  • Live bivalve molluscs:
    • Shipping Centers
    • Cleaning Centres
  • Fishing catches:
    • Freezer and factory ships
    • Crab Cutter
    • Establishments producing fishery products
  • Milk and milk products:
    • Establishments producing heat-treated milk and milk products from raw milk
    • Establishments producing milk products from already processed milk products (e.g. butter from pasteurised cream, cheese from pasteurised milk or milk powder)
    • Milk collection points
  • Egg products
    • Egg pretreatment plants
    • Serve farms
    • Egg processing plant
    • Egg cooking establishments
    • Egg packing stations
  • Frog legs and snails
    • Establishments preparing and/or processing frogs' legs and snails
  • Omitted animal fats and greces
    • Companies that collect, store or process the raw materials
  • Stomach and blisters
    • Establishments treating blisters, intestines and stomachs
  • gelatine
    • Companies that collect the raw materials
    • Establishments producing gelatine for human consumption
  • collagen
    • Companies that collect the raw materials
    • Establishments producing collagen
  • germination
    • Farms that produce sprouts
  • Cold stores that store food of animal origin in a cool or frozen place
  • Kitchens and canteen kitchens that do not deliver food directly to the end consumer
  • Establishments in which the said products are re-wrapped, whether or not this activity is carried out in conjunction with other activities such as cutting or cutting

If you only carry out primary production in your establishment, carry out transport activities, store products (the storage of which does not require temperature control) or carry out certain retail activities, you do not need a licence as a food establishment. This also applies if you fall under the retail term and the supply of food of animal origin is a secondary activity (a maximum of one third of the production volume is supplied to other retailers) at local level (within a radius 100 km).

  • Informal, written application for authorisation with the following content:
    • Applicant (company, person)
    • Name, street, postal code and city of the establishment to be authorised
    • Presentation of the activities for which the establishment is to be approved
  • Operating mirror (each A + B)
  • Confirmation of business registration
  • Information from the Federal Central Register
  • Information from the Central Trade Register
  • Current floor plan of your premises, taking into account all premises. A clear identification of all rooms on the plan and their use (by numbers or keywords), for example by means of legend and the drawing of the respective doors or gates
  • Machine installation plan as well as route guidance of the personnel and description of the production flow (integration into the floor plan is possible here)
  • Keyword-like description of the production processes taking into account the production categories and numbered premises
  • Informal, written application for authorisation with the following content:
    • Applicant (company, person)
    • Name, street, postal code and city of the establishment to be authorised
    • Presentation of the activities for which the establishment is to be approved
  • Operating mirror
  • Information sheet on the procedure of the approval control

Related Links

  • Information sheet on the procedure of the approval control - LAVES

Preconditions

  • Registration of the trade
  • If necessary, approval according to the Federal Immission Control Act
  • Registration as a food business with your responsible veterinary office in the district/independent city
  • - Further information on the website of the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety

Related Links

  • For the approval of sprout-producing establishments: Regulation (EC) No 210/2013
  • ยง 9 of the Animal Food Hygiene Ordinance (Tier-LMHV)
  • For the approval of sprout-producing establishments: Regulation (EC) No 209/2013
  • Regulation (EU) 2017/625 - Art. 148
  • For the approval of sprout-producing establishments: Regulation (EC) No 628/2019
  • For the approval of sprout-producing establishments: Regulation (EC) No 208/2013
  • Regulation (EC) 852/2004 - Article 6 and Annex II
  • Regulation (EC) 853/2004 - Article 4 and Annex III

In order to initiate the authorisation procedure, an informal written application for authorisation is required. After submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt. Once all documents have been submitted in full, an operational inspection is carried out by the veterinarians of the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) in cooperation with representatives of the municipal food inspection offices. If necessary, the approval is first granted orally directly as part of the approval control.

If defects are found in the establishment inspected by LAVES, no approval is granted or a temporary approval is granted for three months. This is followed by a further check.

If, in turn, deficiencies are found, an admission limited to three months may be granted for the last time.

After a further operational inspection, the application is either rejected (defects are still present) or an indefinite letter of admission is issued.

Responsible for the content
Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety

Last update or date of publication
28.08.2020