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The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH


Brexit & PFMA


PFMA's Priority Areas: 

Our key policy areas are below - for more detail, please visit the manifesto and our Brexit Trade Paper.


  • Animal Health & Welfare

We have some of the strongest feed safety and animal welfare standards in the world; these must be maintained and not undermined by imports with lower standards.  Vets play a vital role in maintaining these standards. 85% of official state vets, and 30% of all vets, come from the EU. Concerns about the veterinary workforce need to be addressed.

  • Raw Materials Supplies

We use a significant amount of animal by-products, surplus to the human food chain. This gives value to farmers who would otherwise have to dispose of that high quality material.  80% of our raw materials are from the UK. We must continue to support domestic farmers to ensure a reliable supply of safe, high quality and high welfare raw materials. 

  • Market Access 

We want to avoid barriers to trade and promote access to new markets. Currently 80% of members export to the EU, 60% to the rest of the world. Half of members import raw materials or finished goods. As the UK prepares to leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union in the second stage of the process, this paper sets out our vision of the opportunities and challenges head for our sector. 


SPS Certification Working Group - Minimising SPS Friction in EU Trade 

PFMA alongside the SPS Certification Working Group have today (10 June 2021) published a report which recommends a three-pronged approach to resolving the severe restrictions to exports that have arisen post Brexit: 

1. Improve current systems to remove archaic bureaucracy, reducing time, error and costs;

2. Review requirements for inspection and certification;

3. Negotiate a form of mutual veterinary agreement with the EU which would ease problems trading food and feed between Great Britain (GB) and the EU and GB to NI, and from EU to GB when import controls take effect. 

About the SPS Certification Working Group 
The Working Group is made up of food and feed trade associations, and veterinary and environmental health professional organisations, working together to minimise trade friction in EHC/SPS products between GB and the EU/NI by identifying issues and proposing solutions to Government and its Agencies. The total value to the UK economy of the members of the Working Group is well in excess of £100bn per annum. 

Click through to read the press release and the full report.  



  • ​Regulatory Regime

We want to keep legislation aligned with EU to allow continued trade with Europe without unnecessary and costly barriers to trade. 100% of modern animal feed and welfare law currently originates from the EU. We do not want any reduction of these high standards which help to keep our pets and products safe.

  • Workforce

The pet food industry employs a workforce of 100,000 people across the EU that benefits the UK greatly.


Initially during March 2017, PFMA published a Brexit Manifesto setting out our two-stage requirements for the process of managing the UK’s exit from the EU, including our specific priorities. Please see the manifesto here. 



Member Support

PFMA provides member support and advice on Brexit matters in our ‘Members only’ area. Members can also contact us directly for advice on arising issues they may face. 

For more information about membership please contact Laura Waters (Membership & Events Manager) at or on 07465262216.



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