The SFPA, as Official Agency under service contract with the
FSAI, enforces the relevant seafood safety Regulations.
The SFPA, as Competent Authority for the enforcement of
seafood legislation carries out official controls on an
ongoing basis in accordance with the relevant EU and
National legislation from boat up to but excluding retail
level. Official controls are carried out on fishing vessels; in
shellfish production areas and in establishments handling
preparing and processing seafood. The Health Service
Executive has responsibility for official controls in the retail
The SFPA has a dedicated Food Safety Unit in
Headquarters in Clonakilty and its primary function is to
support and co-ordinate food safety regulation activities of
To evaluate the reliability of the processes and procedures
in place the following article from EC Regulation 882/2004
sets out the criteria to be achieved to ensure compliance:
Article 8 of EC regulation No. 882/2004
Control and Verification Procedures
1. Competent Authorities shall carry out official controls in
accordance with documented procedures. These
procedures shall contain information and instructions for
staff performing official controls, inter alia, the areas
referred to in Annex II Chapter II.
2. Member States shall ensure that they have legal
procedures in place in order to ensure that staff of the
Competent Authorities has access to premises of and
documentation kept by feed and food business operators
so as to be able to accomplish their tasks properly.
3. Competent Authorities shall have procedures in place:
(a) to verify the effectiveness of official
controls that they carry out;
(b) to ensure that corrective action is taken when
needed and that the documentation referred to in
paragraph 1 is updated as appropriate.
Please refer to the full RFT document for the full scope of
works required under this contract.