EFSA publishes 'stop-the-clock' timelines for regulated product applications

During the risk assessment of regulated products such as food contact materials, GMOs or feed additives EFSA may ask for additional information in order to complete its evaluation. The Authority has developed new guidance that sets out indicative timelines that it will use when requesting such data. The document outlines deadlines for a range of requests for each regulated product area covered by EFSA. When this happens, the clock on the regulatory timetable for the risk assessment is stopped until the new data is supplied. This will ensure applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis in the most time-efficient way.