The EU regulatory landscape for novel food approvals is changing

Intertek will help companies transition and comply with the new regulations

January 21, 2016

Hampshire, UK– Intertek, a leading provider of quality solutions worldwide, will provide valuable support to the food and supplement industry in light of the changing novel food regulations in the EU.

The long awaited updated EU novel food regulation [Regulation (EU) 2015/2283] has finally made its very welcomed arrival to update and streamline the approach to gaining approval for new food and food ingredients in the EU.  Its main benefits are to clarify the scope and definitions, to introduce a centralised procedure, and to introduce a notification process for a traditional food from a country outside the EU.  Draft guidance regarding the scientific approach for submission dossiers is due to be released in the coming weeks.  Whilst the actual legal enactment is not until January 2018, companies have lots to prepare for in the meantime.

Nigel Baldwin, EU Scientific and Regulatory Expert within Intertek Scientific and Regulatory Consultancy, states “The outcome of these new regulations will be new definitions and new food categories for novel foods, which companies must understand in order to ensure compliance.  In addition, companies must familiarise themselves with the new submission process for obtaining authorisations to market novel foods and food ingredients in the EU.  The anticipation of these changes can be very overwhelming; the regulatory process is often complex, and resource-intensive.  Having a dedicated partner in the EU that has the experience to understand the strategic approach to meet regulatory guidelines during the transition period can drastically shorten your company’s time to market, resulting in improved chances of business success.”

Intertek Scientific and Regulatory Consultancy has championed more than 30 full novel food approvals since 1997.  On a quarterly basis, our EU regulatory experts will be offering a complimentary webinar series to provide key insights into the changing regulatory environment to help companies understand and anticipate the impacts of these changes and other regulatory developments.  During the first webinar in the series, set to take place on 27 January 2016, Nigel Baldwin will be discussing the new regulation, the impact these changes have on industry, and what must be monitored as companies move through the transition period in order to optimise their competitive position.  To register for this webinar series, please visit:
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For Media Inquiries:

Tracy Veale
Global Marketing Manager
Health, Environmental and Regulatory Services (HERS)
Intertek Life Sciences
Tel.: +1 905 542-2900

For Market Inquiries:
Nigel Baldwin
Director, Scientific and Regulatory Consulting, Europe
Food & Nutrition Group
Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy
Tel.: +44 1252 392 464

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