RUMA Members

Representing every stage of the “farm to fork” process.

RUMA membership is open to all organisations with an interest in the areas of food safety, animal health and animal welfare. Currently members include:

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) is the agrisupply industry’s leading trade association. Formed in October 2003 by a merger of three trade associations, AIC has over 250 members in the agrisupply trade and represents £6.5 billion turnover at farmgate.
The trade association represents several sectors within the agrisupply industry including: Animal Feed; Crop Protection and Agronomy; Fertilisers; Grain and Oilseed; Seed.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain to help the industry succeed in a rapidly changing world. We want to create a world-class food and farming industry, inspired by and competing with the best.

The Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA UK Ltd) represents the interests of the prescribers of POM-VPS medicines classified for sale by pharmacists and Suitably Qualified Persons (SQPs). Membership is voluntary and our members represent 90% of the value of the industry. We are active in Europe and UK in all areas concerning animal health and welfare for the medicines sector we represent.

AMTRA is a not-for-profit organisation, working since 1986 to support the long-term future of the sector, managing the registration for about 7000 AMTRA RAMAs (Registered Animal Medicines Advisors / SQPs). AMTRA is appointed by the Secretary of State to keep its Register, requiring an effective disciplinary process and a mandatory system of CPD. AMTRA undertakes a number of other activities to support AMTRA RAMAs, helping to support and enhance responsible prescribing and supply of medicines, supporting animals and their owners.

The BEIC is the inter-professional organisation that represents the interests of the UK egg industry. Its members are 11 trade associations involved in breeding, hatching, rearing, laying, packing, egg processing and marketing.
Set up in 1986, the principal function of the BEIC is to represent the interests of its Members (the UK egg industry) in discussions with the Government, Devolved administrations, MPs, Peers, and other bodies. The British Egg Information Service (BEIS) was set up by the BEIC to provide information and answer questions about eggs, as well as to promote the benefits of Lion eggs and egg products. BEIC also finances research and development. BEIC is recognised by Government and Parliament as the representative voice of the UK egg industry.
BEIC also owns the Lion Quality Trade Mark and administers the Lion Quality scheme for eggs (accounting for more than 90% of egg output in the UK). The Lion Code of Practice sets higher standards of both hygiene and animal welfare than is currently required by UK law.

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is the leading trade association in the meat and meat products sector in the British food industry.
It represents businesses big and small, from smaller progressive abattoir businesses supplying local customers to large consumer brand owners. Members supply branded and retailer own-label meat and meat products across a range of different meat species and foods.

The British Poultry Council (BPC) is the leading representative organisation for companies and individuals engaged in breeding, hatching, rearing and processing chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese to produce poultry meat. BPC members are responsible for producing over 90% of the UK’s total output of poultry meat.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the lead trade association for the entire retail industry. Diverse and exciting, our industry spans large multiples, independents, high streets and out of town, from online to bricks, selling goods across all sectors from clothing, footwear, food and homeware to electricals, health & beauty, jewellery and everything in between.

The British Trout Association was set up in 1983 and represents in the region of 80% of trout production in the UK. It has over 100 members made up of trout farmers, feed suppliers and a number of aquacultural academics. The Association is entirely funded by trout farmers and feed suppliers and receives no direct funding from the Government.
The British Trout Association Ltd (BTA) represents the UK trout farming industry and aims to provide a legislative framework for the industry, to support research and development and to promote marketing activities within the industry.

The BVA is the national representative body for the UK veterinary profession.
We guide members throughout their careers, from student to retirement, with the support and knowledge they need to achieve their goals, and speak up for them on the issues that matter most.
We are the only UK veterinary association that looks after the interests of all vets in all disciplines. Our members are at the heart of everything we do and, with the power of more than 15,000 members behind us, we’re able to provide a voice to represent and services to support them.

City and Guilds are a leading vocational education and training organisation, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. Our qualifications are valued by employers and delivered through over 10,000 training centres across the world to help individuals develop their talents and abilities for future career progression.

Dairy UK is the trade association for the British dairy supply chain. It brings together processors, dairy co-operatives, manufacturers, farmers and bottled milk buyers throughout the United Kingdom.
This supply chain approach is unique within the global dairy industry. Between them, Dairy UK’s members collect and process about 85% of UK milk production.

The Game Farmers’ Association (GFA) is a trade organisation dedicated to the production of quality gamebirds for the UK shooting industry.

The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members.

Innovation for Agriculture is an independent charity working to support farmer innovation and practice change in UK farming. IfA collaborates with leading researchers and major food and farming companies to connect farmers with the latest developments in science, technology and policy, supporting the transition to more sustainable farming. Through practical and interactive workshops, farm walks, and on-farm demonstrations, IfA offers impartial advice where there may be multiple competing interests.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) – is the industry-led organisation responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of Welsh red meat.
It develops and strengthens business opportunities for Welsh red meat producers and processors, undertaking regular promotional programmes alongside exporters, retailers, and foodservice operators. HCC also undertakes research and development, shares information and supports training to improve quality, increase cost-effectiveness and add value to Welsh red meat products.

NOAH represents the UK animal health industry. We promote the benefits of licensed medicines and solutions for the health and welfare of all animals.

The National Pig Association (NPA) is the representative trade association for British commercial pig producers and is affiliated to the National Farmers Union (NFU). In association with NFU, the NPA is active on behalf of members throughout Government and the supply chain and uses every opportunity to promote British pork.

National Sheep Association (NSA) is an organisation that represents the views and interests of sheep producers throughout the UK. It is funded by its membership of sheep farmers and its activities involve it in every aspect of the sheep industry.

NFU Scotland is the lead organisation representing farmers, growers and crofters in Scotland. Our purpose is to promote and protect the interests of our members by influencing government, the supply chain and consumers in order to secure a sustainable future for Scottish food and farming.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is the public body responsible for promoting the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands in the UK and abroad. QMS also helps the Scottish red meat sector improve its sustainability, efficiency and profitability and maximise its contribution to Scotland’s economy. The quality assurance schemes run by QMS cover more than 90% of livestock farmed for red meat in Scotland.

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is the only independent organisation dedicated to representing the interests of British dairy farmers. The RABDF strives to improve the status and well-being of British dairy farmers and the British dairy industry through the provision of technical information, training and lobbying activities.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity operating in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare. It is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the world.

Salmon Scotland represents salmon farming in Scotland. It is at the centre of salmon farming’s industry-wide initiatives and public communication, acting as a trusted source of information, a strong industry voice and a focus through which industry leadership and objectives can be channelled. Salmon Scotland plays a central role in representing the industry on political, regulatory, media and technical issues in Scotland, the UK, EU and internationally.

Founded in 1918, the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is the largest democratic voluntary organisation representing farmers and growers in Northern Ireland. Its central objective is to promote their interests both at home and abroad through professional lobbying.
The UFU takes a close interest in rural affairs and services, and works with politicians both in the U.K. and Internationally, and other groups and organisations to advance rural interests. It has particularly close links with consumer groups, countryside and wildlife bodies, animals welfare organisations and academics. The Union works closely with the National Farmers’ Union’s in England, Scotland and Wales, and the Irish Farmers’ Association in Dublin. Collectively the UK Union’s support the Bureau de l’Agriculture Brittanique, giving local farmers a permanent staff presence in Brussels.

Red Tractor champions British food and farmers, and is the UK’s largest food and farm standards scheme.

Red Tractor covers all areas of food production from animal welfare and food safety to traceability. The only scheme to do so. When consumers buy Red Tractor branded food, they know it has been produced to the highest standards.

Red Tractor assures food from farms to pack, all products are 100% British. Only food that is born, grown, and reared in the UK can bear the Red Tractor logo.

Associate Member

EPRUMA facilitates and promotes a co-ordinated and integrated One Health approach on the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals.
It is a multi-stakeholder platform working at European level since 2005, to develop and promote best-practices for the responsible use of veterinary medicines to ensure a better prevention and control of animal diseases.


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is a non-ministerial government department which works to protect public health from risks which may arise in connection with the consumption of food (including risks caused by the way in which it is produced or supplied) and otherwise to protect the interests of consumers in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) protects animal health, public health and the environment. We promote animal health and welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines. As an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) we contribute to their objectives to protect public health and meet high standards of animal welfare. Our work also helps the Food Standards Agency to protect and improve the safety of food people eat.

The formation of RUMA CA&E in 2020 was inspired by the success of UK farm animal sectors in reducing antibiotic use during the previous five years and will draw on those learnings to help protect important medicines for future human and animal use.
This new collaboration covers the responsible use of medicines in dogs, cats, rabbits, small mammals, exotic animals kept as pets, and equids. The aim is for the UK to lead the way in these sectors through evidence-based and measurable activities that will promote and enhance stewardship.


RUMA Members