EFSA’s Scientific Committee releases the third version of its Compendium; the database is expanded with non-European botanical species, and made more user-friendly with a web-based search interface.
Scientific Committee publishes an opinion on the suitability of the Qualified Presumption of Safety approach for the assessment of botanicals and botanical preparations.
Scientific Committee publishes an updated and extended version of the Compendium of Botanicals reported to contain naturally occurring substances of possible concern for human health when used in food and food supplements.
Scientific Committee publishes its guidance document for the safety assessment of botanicals and botanical preparations intended for use as ingredients in food supplements, a report testing the proposed approach for safety assessment with real case studies, and the Compendium of Botanicals reported to contain substances that may be of health concern.
An EFSA Scientific Cooperation Working Group on botanicals and botanical preparations, composed of EFSA experts and experts from Member States, is created to test the proposed approach for the safety assessment with a number of botanicals, and to expand the Compendium on Botanicals.
EFSA mandates its Scientific Committee to develop a science-based toolkit for the safety assessment of botanicals and botanical preparations.
EFSA’s Scientific Committee publishes a discussion paper on botanicals and botanical preparations widely used in food supplements and related products. It expresses concerns about quality and safety issues, and highlights the need for a better characterisation of the range of products on the market and for harmonising risk assessment and consumer information approaches. EFSA’s Advisory Forum confirms the importance of the issues addressed by the paper for their countries.