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Food improvement agents applications: regulations and guidance

EU legislation and EFSA guidance documents detail how to compile dossiers for food improvement agents applications and what type of scientific data and other information must be included. EFSA regularly updates its guidance documents. Applicants are reminded to ensure they are using the latest version before applying.

Food additives

Regulatory framework

Common authorisation procedure

Re-evaluation

Administrative guidance and support initiatives

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Administrative information is available in the Guidance on submission for food additive evaluations Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on food improvement agents (food enzymes, food additives and food flavourings)
EC practical guidance for applications containing a check list, useful addresses, contact points and relevant documents EC practical guidance for applications containing a check list, useful addresses, contact points and relevant documents (update 2021)
Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products (update 2021)
EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated product EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products (update 2021)

Scientific guidance

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidance on submission for food additive evaluations Guidance on submission for food additive evaluations (update 2021)

Other guidance

Food Flavourings

Regulatory framework

Administrative guidance and support initiatives

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Administrative information is available in the Guidance on the data required for the risk assessment of flavourings to be used in or on foods Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on food improvement agents (food enzymes, food additives and food flavourings)
EC practical guidance for applications containing a check list, useful addresses, contact points and relevant documents EC practical guidance for applications containing a check list, useful addresses, contact points and relevant documents (update 2021)
Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products (update 2021)
EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products (update 2021)

Scientific guidance for group evaluation

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidance on the data required for the risk assessment of flavourings to be used in or on foods Guidance on the data required for the risk assessment of flavourings to be used in or on foods (update 2021)
Applicable to all applications (submitted before or after 27 March 2021)

Other guidance

Food enzymes

Regulatory framework

Common authorisation procedure

Administrative guidance

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Administrative guidance to applicants on the suitability check of applications for authorisation of food enzymes Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on food improvement agents (food enzymes, food additives and food flavourings)
EC practical guidance for applications containing a check list, useful addresses, contact points and relevant documents EC practical guidance for applications containing a check list, useful addresses, contact points and relevant documents (update 2021)
Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products Administrative guidance for the processing of applications for regulated products (update 2021)
EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products EFSA's Catalogue of support initiatives during the life-cycle of applications for regulated products (update 2021)

Scientific guidance

Applicable to applications submitted until 26 March 2021 Applicable to applications submitted as of 27 March 2021
Guidance on the submission of a dossier on food enzymes Guidance on the submission of a dossier on food enzymes (update 2021)
Applicable to all applications (submitted before or after 27 March 2021)

Other guidance