New Novel Food Regulation changes the novel food approvals generic and enables data protection
A new Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 entered into force 1.1.2018 by replacing the old Novel Food Regulation. The target of the new regulation is to simplify and fasten the approval procedure so that companies may easier get their innovative food products and ingredients to the market. Additionally, new data protection rules help to protect new innovations and so benefit the food industry.
A significant change of the new regulation is that company-based novel food authorisations have now changed to be generic authorisations. European Commission published in late December 2017 an implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 establishing the Union list of novel foods that contains all previous authorisations:
The list contains all the authorised novel foods, their conditions of use, specific requirements and their specifications. Also new authorisations will be generic unless the data protection has been applied and licensed for a period of five years.
Simultaneously, Commission published also two other implementing regulations which lay down more accurate administrative and scientific requirements for new novel food applications and applications concerning traditional foods from third countries.
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