|Thursday, November 26|
Insights into IPIFF activities and EU policy environment for the insect sector
* Heinrich Katz, IPIFF, Belgium
IPIFF is an EU non-profit organisation which represents the interests of the insect production sector towards EU policy makers, European stakeholders, and citizens. Composed of 71 members, IPIFF promotes the use of insects for human consumption and insect-derived products as a top tier source of nutrients for animal feed. The associations, main mission is to promote the wider use of insects as an alternative or new source of protein for human consumption and animal feed through continuous dialogue with the European institutions as well as international organisations. Notably, IPIFF centres its activities around advocating for appropriate EU legislative frameworks to apply to insect production. IPIFF actively supports the responsible development of the insect sector though its various sector specific publications. To accomplish its mission, the association helps its members in the effective implementation of EU food & feed safety legislations, such as through the development of shared standards and good hygiene practices. Furthermore, IPIFF aims to inform and communicate on the benefits of eating insects and their use as animal feed towards the wider public. As European association representing 71 members based in 23 countries, IPIFF has singled out education as a critical mean to foster the development of the insect sector. Furthermore, IPIFF collaborates with renowned universities and research institutes as well as with several insect producers established outside Europe: these actors have a status of associated members within the association. Registered in the EU transparency register, IPIFF is a member of various EU institutional consultative platforms established by EU public authorities (e.g. the European Commission Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health, EFSA Stakeholders Forum). IPIFF closely collaborates with EU stakeholders associations representing and agri-food chain actors (e.g. European Farmers & Agri-Cooperatives, Feed manufacturers, Food & Drink industries, Veterinarians).