In May 2012, after years of negotiation, the European Union (EU) finally adopted its Article 13.1 “Union list” of 222 health claims that can be made on foods. This means that by 14 December 2012 health claims that have not been specifically authorised will need to be removed from all commercial communications on the EU market, or amended to meet the new rules. This new development raises significant concerns and questions for the food sector, all of which will be discussed at the workshop:
• How will national authorities enforce the Union list in terms of claims wordings?
• What will happen to issues still open to interpretation?
• To what extent will communications to health care professionals and business-to-business communications be allowed?
• For how long will certain claims still be kept “on hold” and how will the Commission/Member States deal with these?
• How will the national enforcement agencies keep control of all of the new rules in practice?
• What decisions are likely to be taken on botanicals?