EFSA assesses the scientific basis of nutrition and health claims submitted for authorisation in the EU. The European Commission and Member States then decide whether to authorise the claims. EFSA also deals with the evaluation of novel foods, infant formulae and food allergies.
Applications are submitted to the national competent authority of a Member State. This includes applications for authorisation of a new health claim or for the modification of an existing authorisation. The competent authority passes on the application and any supplementary information supplied by the applicant to EFSA, which carries out the scientific evaluation.
There are four different application workflows according to the type of application: