- National Regulatory Program Standards Overview
- What are the Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards?
- Which states are currently enrolled in the AFRPS?
- Is funding available to assist states in the implementation of the AFRPS?
- Where can I obtain a copy of the AFRPS?
- How does the AFRPS program integrate with FoodSHIELD?
- Who do I contact if I have questions about the AFRPS?
- Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards and Preventive Controls Cooperative Agreement Program fact sheet (Version July 2023) *NEW*
- AFRPS Informational Brochure 2023 *NEW*
- 2023 AFRPS *NEW*
- AFRPS Summary of Changes 2023 *NEW*
In 2011, the FDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) partnered to develop the Animal Food 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 food. 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 food supply. A state’s implementation of the feed standards also helps to ensure a uniform and consistent approach to animal food 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 Program
- Standard 3 - Inspection Program
- Standard 4 - Audit Program
- Standard 5 - Animal Food-Related Illnesses or Death and Emergency Response
- Standard 6 - Compliance and Enforcement Program
- Standard 7 - Outreach Program
- Standard 8 - Program Planning and Resources
- Standard 9 - Assessment and Improvement
- Standard 10 - Laboratory Services
- Standard 11 - Sampling Program
United States Map displaying 25 FDA funded AFRPS CAP states: AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, WA, WV
- 25 cooperative agreements with state government regulatory agencies.
- 25 states are covered under these cooperative agreements.
- Over 7 million in funding under this cooperative agreement program.
The AFRPS Cooperative Agreement will provide funding for state feed regulatory programs that maintain a FDA animal food safety inspection contract to develop and implement the standards; develop and maintain best practices; enhance animal food safety; and better direct their regulatory activities at reducing foodborne illness attributed to animal food safety hazards in facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold animal food.
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 animal food safety system by assisting state feed regulatory programs to achieve and maintain full implementation of the Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards, and to provide optional funding for state feed regulatory programs to perform regulatory work and promote compliance with the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) regulation.
You may download a copy of the 2023 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 Food Regulatory Program Standards.
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.
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.