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Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS)

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What are the Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards?

In 2011, the FDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) partnered to develop the Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (referred to as the feed standards). The feed standards establish a uniform foundation for the design and management of states' programs responsible for the regulation of animal feed. Through implementing the feed standards, a state's program will be better able to achieve and maintain programmatic improvements that help ensure the safety and integrity of the U.S. animal feed supply. A state’s implementation of the feed standards also helps to ensure a uniform and consistent approach to feed regulation among jurisdictions. The goal of the standards is to leverage resources and share common successes to build systems within state regulatory feed programs.

The AFRPS focus includes:

  • Standard 1 - Regulatory Foundation
  • Standard 2 - Training
  • Standard 3 - Inspection Program
  • Standard 4 - Auditing
  • Standard 5 - Feed-Related Illnesses or Death and Emergency Response
  • Standard 6 - Enforcement Program
  • Standard 7 - Outreach Activities
  • Standard 8 - Planning and Resources
  • Standard 9 - Assessment and Improvement
  • Standard 10 - Laboratory Services
  • Standard 11 - Sampling Program


Which states are currently enrolled in the AFRPS?

United States Map displaying 23 FDA funded AFRPS CAP states: AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NC, PA, SC, TN, TX, WA, WV

United States Map displaying 23 FDA funded AFRPS CAP states: AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NC, PA, SC, TN, TX, WA, WV

Is funding available to assist states in the implementation of the AFRPS?

More information about this funding program can be obtained by viewing the latest Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The intended outcome of this FOA is to advance efforts for a nationally integrated feed safety system by assisting State feed regulatory programs to achieve and maintain full implementation of the Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards. The AFRPS Cooperative Agreement will provide funding for State feed regulatory programs that maintain a FDA feed safety inspection contract to develop and implement the standards; develop and maintain best practices; enhance feed safety; and better direct their regulatory activities at reducing foodborne illness attributed to feed safety hazards in facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold animal feed. In addition, this cooperative agreement will provide options of funding for laboratories that support animal feed programs and are pursuing accreditation under the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Where can I obtain a copy of the AFRPS?

You may download a copy of the 2020 AFRPS here. You will need to have a PDF viewer installed on your computer or mobile device. If you do not have a PDF viewer, you can receive an electronic or hard copy of the document by emailing AFRPS@fda.hhs.gov. Please allow two business days to receive your copy using this method.

View the Summary of Changes to see the latest changes to the Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards.

How does the AFRPS program integrate with FoodSHIELD?

The AFRPS program uses the FoodSHIELD website to facilitate federal/state communication and collaboration in the development and implementation of AFRPS. All state personnel actively involved in AFRPS should register for a FoodSHIELD account and join the Feed Standards (AFRPS) Resource Center in FoodSHIELD. Click here to register for a FoodSHIELD account.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the feed standards? 

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact within the Division of Standards Implementation. Please visit the Office of Partnerships Contacts webpage to obtain a downloaded version of the staffing roster. 

General questions can be directed to OP.Feedback@fda.hhs.gov.

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