Medfiles Workshop: Novel Foods – A travel to the market


Due to the rising interest in climate aspects, animal welfare as well as the environment and health, numerous product innovations from new plants, fungi, algae, micro-organisms, cell cultures and new by-product ingredients from different industries are constantly being designed. In the heat of this wave of innovations, companies need to be aware of the legislative framework. Many new products might be classified as novel foods that need pre-market registration in the EU.

Businesses often want to avoid the novel food status, as falling within the scope of the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 means they need to invest a lot of time, money and work. However, if the innovation is promising, going through the novel food application process may be worthwhile. Not to mention that for novel foods, it also is the only way to the consumer market. Novel food application procedure and its requirements may raise several open questions in the minds of the applicants. One-year old Transparency Regulation (EU) 2019/1381 also brought new compulsory actions for the applicants to take.

Would you like to know more about the novel foods application procedure, data protection, Transparency Regulation or EFSA requirements? Got interested?

Don’t miss this great opportunity and join our workshop on novel foods on 7 June 2022. In the workshop, we will first provide you with a brief introduction to the Novel Food Regulation. Thereafter, we will review and answer to the questions sent in advance by the participants and presented ad hoc in the workshop.

We will handle all questions received in advance anonymously. Registration is open until 27 May 2022. Please note that the event is limited to 15 participants. Therefore, be first and register soon!


Mari Lyyra
Mari Lyyra is the Head of Operations of Food & Nutrition and Feed at Medfiles Ltd, Finland. Her team, consisting of 11 regulatory affairs experts, provides regulatory affairs consultancy services for international clients in the food and feed sector. Mari graduated as a licensed nutritionist from the University of Kuopio, Finland, with a M.Sc. in Public Health, specialising in clinical nutrition. She has worked with food regulatory tasks for over 20 years, covering traditional foods, food supplements, functional foods with health claims and innovative ingredients. Since the beginning of her career, Mari has focused on novel foods, which has become her key competence area. Mari has extensive experience in consulting her clients in various novel food projects, and other regulatory tasks in the EU and the United States. She has also written numerous articles to food journals and participated in the peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. In the recent years, Mari has given several lectures in the food regulatory field at various Nordic events.

Mari Eskola
Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, PhD, Mari Eskola has nearly 25 years of international expertise in food and feed chemical safety and research from the European Union and European national organisations, as well as industry. She worked 10 years at the European Food Safety Authority EFSA (Italy), developing EFSA risk assessments on contaminants in foods and feeds where she was also an acting and deputy head of the EFSA Contaminants Unit. She has also food research and regulatory work expertise from various other European institutes, such as European Commission Joint Research Centre (Belgium), Teagasc (Ireland), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU (Austria), European Chemicals Agency ECHA (Finland) and former Finnish Food Safety Authority. She has international experience in project and people management, and she has authored several scientific publications comprising also many scientific EFSA opinions and risk assessments. Mari enjoys discussing with the Medfiles clients, and since the R&D and regulatory aspects are closely interlinked, the client projects involving novel science are particularly a great joy of hers.

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