Intertek supports pre-market approvals for regulated food products in the UK to ensure novel foods and food improvement agents can be successfully marketed in the UK as well as the EU.

In June 2016, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement was ratified on 31 January 2020, which means the UK is no longer an EU Member State.

The UK entered a transition period which ended on 31 December 2020. From this date onwards, the UK will no longer apply EU law and a separate UK regime for regulating foods will be established under the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Who is Impacted?

Manufacturers, importers and companies in the EU and elsewhere wishing to market regulated products (ingredients, food improvement agents, etc.) in the UK will need submit applications for pre-market approval to the FSA. This applies to companies with new applications submitted on or after 01 January 2021, as well as organisations with applications already undergoing assessments at the EU level.

With over 20 years’ experience assisting companies in obtaining approvals for novel foods, food improvement agents and other regulated food products within the EU and UK, we are well-placed and ready to support the new regulatory process in the UK. Our team of toxicologists and scientific and regulatory experts can support you through the entire review process, providing tailor-made solutions to the most complex issues.

Our Services Include:

  • Novel food and food additive dossier preparation for submission to the UK FSA
  • Stewardship with the UK FSA through risk assessment and risk management processes
  • Gap/feasibility assessments against UK requirements


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