Stakeholder workshop on re-evaluation of food additives focusing on those used in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age

Parma, Italy
30 November 2018

EFSA is organising a one-day stakeholder workshop on the data requirements for the re-evaluation of food additives used in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age.

The workshop will be an occasion for stakeholders, EFSA and its experts to have an open exchange on the data requirements for the re-evaluation of food additives used in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age, for which data calls have been published in July and October this year. Analysing the challenges encountered and promoting examples of good collaboration, the event will also serve as a platform for stakeholders to provide feedback on their data provision plans.

During the one-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their views and discuss suggestions on how to strengthen scientific cooperation and engagement with EFSA in this specific area of re-evaluation. They will also gain a better understanding of the follow-up activities resulting from certain safety concerns or data gaps identified in previous assessments of the food additives under discussion.

 

Time Items Presenter
08.30 - 09.30 Registration

SESSION 1 – Overview of data requirements

Chair: Maged Younes, Chair of the Food Additives and Flavourings Panel, EFSA

09.30-09.40 Welcome and introduction to the event Maged Younes, Chair of the FAF Panel
09.40-10.00 Guiding principles on the risk assessment of substances present in foods intended for infants below 16 weeks of age Ursula GundertRemy, Chair of the FAF Panel Working Group on Food Additives permitted in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age.
10.00-10.15 Re-evaluation of food additives used in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age: state of play Anna Christodoulidou FIP Unit
10.15-10.30 Related follow-up activities by the European Commission Guillermo Cardon, European Commission, DG SANTE
10.30- 11.00 Coffee break
11.00-11.15 Postnatal studies Ine WaalkensBerendsen, FAF Panel member
11.15-11.30 Clinical studies Dominique Turck, Chair of the NDA Panel
11.30-12.20 Feedback from the Working Group dealing with the re-evaluation of food additives in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age Members of the WG on food additives in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age
  Thickening agents, Esters of fatty acids, Food additives used also as minerals and vitamins Birgit Dusemund Claude Lambré Alicja Mortensen
12.20-12.30 Questions All
12.30- 14.00

Lunch break

SESSION 2 – Engaging in EFSA’s work Anna Christodoulidou, Senior Scientific Officer of the Food Ingredients and Packaging (FIP) Unit, EFSA

14.00-14.20 A point of view from interested parties Specialised Nutrition Europe
14.20-15.20 Round table: questions and feedback from the audience All
15:20-15:30 Concluding remarks and end of meeting Maged Younes, Chair of the FAF Panel
15.30- 16.00 Farewell coffee/tea

Under Regulation EC 1333/2008, EFSA must re-evaluate by 2020 all food additives authorised for use in the EU prior to 20 January 2009. All substances authorised under previous legislation are allowed until their re-evaluation is complete. The programme for this re-evaluation is defined by Regulation (EU) No 257/2010.

So far, uses of food additives in foods for infants in their first months of life have not been re-evaluated, the reason being that the risk assessment approach followed until now by EFSA was not applicable to this age group. In May 2017, EFSA’s Scientific Committee published a guidance document on the risk assessment of substances present in foods intended for infants below 16 weeks of age, which advises on the approach to be followed. In line with this approach, EFSA launched several calls for scientific data on the use of specific additives in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age. With the same calls EFSA is seeking data to address gaps that have previously been identified for all uses of these substances.

To deliver effective re-evaluations, it is critical that EFSA receives these scientific data (e.g. on chemical and biological properties or toxicological studies) from additive producers, food processors and other interested parties (including national authorities, research institutions and academia). Engaging all stakeholders is therefore vital to the completion of the safety assessment of these food additives, and ultimately to the protection of consumers across the EU.

Registration

The workshop is open to the whole range of stakeholders with an interest in the re-evaluation of food additives permitted in foods for infants below 16 weeks of age. Participation is limited to a maximum of 40 attendees. Participants will be selected to ensure an adequate representation of the various stakeholder groups, as well as a broad geographical balance.

Registration will close once the maximum number of participants is reached or, at the latest, by 31 October 2018.

After closure of registration, potential participants will be informed whether or not they have been selected.

Date and venue

The meeting will be held in Parma, Italy, from 09:30-15.30 on 30 November 2018.

The venue and logistics will be communicated to selected participants after closure of registrations.

Language

English will be the official language of the event, no translation will be provided.

Fee

There is no fee for participation. However, participants will be required to cover expenses related to their travel and accommodation.

Contact

Do not hesitate to contact events [at] efsa.europa.eu for any questions you may have.

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