Food business operator

Registration or application for approval of food business operators, incl. importers of food from EU or third countries, or registration of producers, business to business distributors, intra-community traders or importers of food contact materials (FCM)

How to apply?

Registration or application for approval of food business operators, incl. importers of food from EU or third countries, or registration of producers, business to business distributors, intra-community traders or importers of food contact materials (FCM)

If you want to start a food business, incl. import food from other EU Member States or third countries, or have activities relating to food contact materials (FCM) in Denmark, your company must be registered or approved by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA). For activities related to food contact materials, you are exempted from registration requirement, if your FCM activities on a yearly basis do not exceed 1000 units and a turnover of 50.000 DKK.

To register or apply for approval you must fill in a special form and send it to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

You can download an English version of the from, under the link 'Find Application"

If your activities only require registration, you can start your food business after confirmation from the DVFA that your business is registered.

If your activities require approval, the DVFA will perform an on-site visit before an approval may be granted.

Registration or approval of other activities

The form must also be used to notify the DVFA if:

You want to take over an existing, active business (shift in ownership)
You have significant changes in your activities
You want to close down your business
You wish to trade food from other Member States into Denmark or import from third countries
Your establishment is the first place of destination for food of animal origin from other Member States, whether or not you are the importer.

Temporary or occasional pursuit

You must register as an importer if you bring in or receive food for sale in a movable or temporary food business establishment (e.g. food stands at festivals or summer resorts etc.)

If you are registered or approved as a food business operator in another EU Member State, you do not need a Danish registration/approval as a food business operator to run your temporary or movable food business, but you do need to register as an importer to bring in or receive food for sale in such establishments. You must provide the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration with the contact details of the authority, which has registered/approved your business (box 3) and with the company details under which your business is registered/approved (box 4).

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.

Fee

No fee required.

Who to contact for questions?

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
Stationsparken 31-33
DK-2600 Glostrup
Tel. + 45 72 27 69 00
fax. + 45 72 27 65 01
www.fvst.dk/contact
www.fvst.dk

Public registers and databases

The Smiley website. This page primarily publishes inspection reports, although there is also information about the business itself.
Danish Bakers and Confectioners (BKD)
Denmark’s restaurants and cafés (DRC)
Danish Chamber of Commerce
Danish Agriculture
Confederation of Danish Industry
Horesta