The translation of this document is outdated.
Translation validity: 14.02.2015.–15.12.2017.
Amendments not included: 12.12.2017.
By-laws of the Food and Veterinary Service
Issued pursuant to
I. General Provisions
1. The Food and Veterinary Service (hereinafter - the Service) is an institution of direct administration under supervision of the Minister for Agriculture.
2. The purpose of the operation of the Service is, in accordance with the competence specified in laws and regulations, to ensure qualified and efficient State supervision and control of harmless and safe food, animal feed, by-products of animal origin (not for human consumption) and veterinary medicinal products, as well as conformity with the requirements of animal health and welfare, breeding, harmlessness of non-food products and phytosanitary border control requirements.
[20 July 2010]
II. Functions, Tasks and Competence of the Service
3. The functions of the Service, in accordance with the competence specified in laws and regulations, are to implement State supervision and control in the field of food (including materials and articles, which are intended to come into contact with food), animal feed, by-products of animal origin (not intended for human consumption), veterinary medicinal products, animal health, welfare, and breeding, as well as to ensure border control of harmlessness of non-food products and phytosanitary border control.
[20 July 2010; 10 February 2015]
4. In order to ensure that the functions are performed, the Service shall carry out the following tasks:
4.1. perform control of undertakings involved in the circulation of food, their processes and products;
4.2. organise and perform control of State veterinary supervision objects;
4.2.1 organise and perform control of the persons, merchants and organisations involved in breeding;
4.2.2 control milk producers and milk buyers in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations regarding milk quotas;
4.2.3 organise and perform registration and recognition of food (including materials and articles, which are intended to come into contact with food) and animal feed undertakings and objects and persons subject to State veterinary supervision and control;
4.2.4 create, update and maintain the registers and databases of objects and products under supervision;
4.3. organise and co-ordinate the measures for prevention and eradication of infectious animal diseases;
4.3.1 organise and perform registration and quality control of veterinary medicinal products, as well as collect, compile and analyse information in the field of circulation of veterinary medicinal products;
4.3.2 organise and perform control of nutrition norms for specific groups of consumers;
4.3.3 register food supplements and dietetic food;
4.3.4 issue permits for distribution of natural mineral water;
4.3.5 perform State supervision and control activities at State border control points, as well as free zones, free warehouses and customs warehouses for bringing in, bringing out and transportation in transit of animals and goods of animal origin subject to veterinary control. Bringing in of goods subject to phytosanitary control, food products, such animal feed, which is not of animal origin, and non-food products shall be controlled at State border control points;
4.3.6 evaluate applications for registration of products in registers of protected geographical indications, protected designations of origin and guaranteed traditional specialities of agricultural and food products;
4.3.7 perform recognition and supervision of such control authorities, which are operating in the field of organic agriculture;
4.3.8 implement measures of quality scheme control and supervision, including certify food quality scheme products;
4.4. upon implementing State supervision and control, take samples and send them for the performance of laboratory and diagnostic tests;
4.4.1 [20 July 2010];
4.4.2 [20 July 2010];
4.4.3 [20 July 2010];
4.5. prepare and submit proposals to the Ministry of Agriculture regarding the measures to be taken in the fields within the competence of the Service;
4.6. inform the public regarding operation of the Service and provide consultations to natural and legal persons;
4.7. issue administrative acts in the cases specified in external laws and regulations;
4.8. provide the paid services specified in laws and regulations;
4.8.1 [10 February 2015];
4.8.2 perform supervision and control of circulation of genetically modified food and animal feed (except seeds);
4.9. participate in development of draft laws and regulations and provision of statement regarding draft laws and regulations prepared by other institutions within the competence of the Service;
4.10. participate in meetings of working groups and committees of the European Commission and Council of the European Union in the fields within the competence of the Service;
4.11. provide information to the Rural Support Service, which is necessary for administration of the State and European Union support;
4.12. organise and take measures in the field of administration of measures of joint market organisation, introduce the administrative and technical management system in order to take samples and send them to laboratories for the performance of tests on products specified in the application of measures of the joint agricultural policy of the European Union;
4.13. perform private legal transactions, which are necessary for ensuring the operation of the Service;
4.14. preserve the State properties that are in the balance sheet of the Service;
4.15. carry out other tasks specified in laws and regulations.
[27 December 2005; 20 July 2010; 14 December 2010; 10 February 2015 / Sub-paragraph 4.3.9 shall come into force from 1 September 2015 and shall be included in the wording of Regulation on 1 September 2015. See Paragraph 16]
5. According to its competence the Service is entitled:
5.1. to prepare and, in accordance with the procedures laid down in laws and regulations, submit proposals on the financing from the State budget necessary for the carrying out of the tasks of the Service;
5.2. to request and receive the information and documents from State and local government institutions, as well as - in the cases specified in external laws and regulations - from private individuals necessary for the carrying out of the tasks of the Service free of charge;
5.3. to involve representatives of ministries and other institutions in solving issues related to the circulation of harmless and safe food (including materials and articles intended to come into contact with food), as well as to animal health and welfare.
[10 February 2015]
III. Structure and Management of the Service
6. The work of the Service shall be managed by the Director General of the Service. The Director General of the Service is also concurrently the State chief food and veterinary inspector. The Director General of the Service shall carry out the functions of the head of an institution of direct administration laid down in the State Administration Structure Law.
7. The Director General of the Service shall be appointed to the office and removed from the office by the Minister for Agriculture in accordance with the procedures laid down in the State Civil Service Law. The Director General of the Service may have deputies.
8. The Director General of the Service shall create the internal organisational structure of the Service.
IV. Ensuring of the Rule of Law of the Operation of the Service and Provision of Reports
9. The rule of law of the operation of the Service shall be ensured by the Director General of the Service. The Director General of the Service shall create a system for internal control and verification of decisions of the Service.
10. The Director General of the Service has the right to revoke unlawful decisions of officials of the Service and internal regulatory enactments.
11. Administrative acts issued by and actual action of officials of the Service may be contested and appealed in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Law according to the following procedures:
11.1. administrative acts issued by or actual action of an official of the unit may be contested by submitting a relevant submission to the Director General of the Service. A decision of the Director General of the Service may be appealed to the court;
11.2. administrative acts (except the decision referred to in Sub-paragraph 11.1 of this Regulation) issued by or actual action of the Director General of the Service may be contested to the Ministry of Agriculture. A decision of the Ministry may be appealed to the court.
12. The Service shall prepare a report on utilisation of budget resources and a public annual account. The Director General of the Service shall submit a report on the operation of the Service to the Minister for Agriculture not less than once a year. The Minister for Agriculture may request a report on the operation of the Service at any time.
13. The Service shall, not less than once a year, submit a report to the Minister on carrying out of the functions of the Service and utilisation of budget resources.
V. Closing Provisions
[10 February 2015]
14. Cabinet Regulation No. 112 of 12 March 2002, By-laws of the Food and Veterinary Service (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2002, No. 42), is repealed.
15. Cabinet Regulation No. 414 of 14 June 2005, By-laws of the Latvian Food Centre (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2005, No. 96), is repealed.
[27 December 2005]
16. Sub-paragraph 4.3.9 of this Regulation shall come into force from 1 September 2015.
[10 February 2015 / The abovementioned amendment shall be included in the wording of Regulation on 1 September 2015]
Prime Minister A. Kalvītis
Minister for Agriculture M. Roze
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