Following its Call for data, EFSA was given access to 121 datasets for use in its full re-evaluation of aspartame, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.
Reaffirming its commitment to openness and transparency, the Authority has published the full list of studies that were made available to EFSA. The Authority has also made publicly available previously unpublished scientific data. When any related issue (e.g. confidentiality) is clarified, EFSA will update these lists with the additional scientific information in due course.
Summary of the Call for data
Launched: 26 July 2012. Closed: 30 September 2012
The purpose of this call for data was to offer interested parties and all stakeholders the opportunity to submit any available documented information, published or unpublished, including also original raw data on the products which can be formed from aspartame (E 951) in the different types of foodstuffs taking into account the conditions of manufacturing and storage and the direct use as a table top sweetener. The information of interest to EFSA consists in any scientific or technical data that could contribute to the safety assessment of this food additive.
Confidentiality and unpublished data
Specific issues relating to confidentiality of the data provided are discussed between the owners of the data and EFSA. In application of Article 8.4 of Regulation 257/2010, following a proposal from EFSA, the European Commission decides after consulting the interested business operator and/or the other interested parties which information may remain confidential and shall notify EFSA and the Member States accordingly.