The European Commission is proposing to update the approvals process for novel foods, and clarify the definition of novel foods, including the latest developments in the area such as cloning and nanotechnology. The Agency has issued a consultation on the proposals.
The key proposals are to:
- speed up the process by centralising the authorisation procedure for novel foods
- develop a simplified safety assessment system for traditional food from third (non-European Union) countries
- clarify the definition of novel food to take account of new technology, such as cloning and nanotechnology
- update the scope of the novel food regulation in relation to parallel legislation on specific categories of foods, such as sources of vitamins and minerals
- provide a degree of data protection for those who develop innovative foods
Further details of the proposals are available in the consultation documents at the link below.
Responses to the consultation are required by 20 June, although early responses would be welcome as discussions are ongoing in Brussels.