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Photo: The Norwegian Seafood Export Council, Tom Haga.Photo: The Norwegian Seafood Export Council, Tom Haga

Legal framework

14.02.2014 // The most important legislative acts within the scope of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s responsibility for ensuring safe and healthy seafood are the food act, the animal welfare act and the food safety and veterinary act.

The most important legislative acts within the scope of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s responsibility for ensuring safe and healthy seafood are:

These Acts provide the legal basis for the detailed regulations that have been adopted.

The vast majority of the Acts and regulations pertaining to food safety are harmonised with European Union legislation (aquis). Norway is not a member of the European Union (EU), but due to its participation in the Single Market as a signatory to the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement, Norway is required to adopt most EU legislation relating to food safety. In some areas Norwegian regulations go beyond what is required by EU legislation, thus maintaining the highest standards of seafood quality and serving consumer interests.  

The EEA agreement also ensures Norway’s involvement in the preparatory work on new EU legislation, mostly handled by the Regulations Department within the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.


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