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Apply for approval of experts for cross-samples


As part of the official monitoring of foodstuffs and commodities, samples of foodstuffs, cosmetics, consumer goods and tobacco products are regularly taken to check their marketability.

Economic operators may have the samples examined by private experts (cross-sampling experts) at their own expense in order to refute complaints from the supervisory authorities and to demonstrate that they have complied with their duty of care.

As a private expert, you need an approval for the examination of officially left behind samples. You must have the training required in your respective field of expertise and have completed a practical activity of two years in this field. In addition to your professional competence, you must also be able to prove that you have a test laboratory suitable for the proper execution of the examination.

Only private experts who are approved for this activity by the competent authorities of the federal state in which they have their headquarters are authorised to examine counter- or secondary samples referred to in § 43.1 sentence 2 of the Food and Feed Code and § 42.1 sentence 2 of the Provisional Tobacco Act.

Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration

The granting of admission as a cross-sample expert is subject to a fee. The fees are determined in accordance with the applicable administrative cost regulations in conjunction with the list of administrative costs issued for this purpose.

There is no deadline for the application. Changes affecting the authorisation or the notification referred to above must be notified to the competent authority without delay.

The application for approval as a cross-sample expert in accordance with § 43 of the Food and Feed Code (LFGB) is submitted informally.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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