Technical meeting with stakeholders on applications for food enzymes

Brussels, Belgium
19 June 2019 to 20 June 2019


Food enzymes can be added to the EC list of authorised food enzymes only after their safety has been assessed by EFSA. The procedures for evaluation and authorisation of food enzymes are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008.

EFSA’s Food Ingredients and Packaging (FIP) Unit is holding a technical meeting with stakeholders on food enzyme applications on 19–20 June 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting provides the setting for an exchange of views on scientific issues related to the preparation and the risk assessment of applications for market authorisation of food enzymes.

Objectives of the meeting

The overall aim of the meeting is to explain the current criteria and to discuss questions on the scientific evaluation of food enzymes, to inform on EFSA’s ongoing process of evaluation of the food enzymes that are currently on the market and to get insight on possible applications that might be submitted in the future.

The topics for discussion will include:

  • Characterisation of production strains of enzymes obtained by microbial fermentation.
  • Characterisation of food enzymes.
  • Toxicological assessment of food enzymes.
  • Food process categorisation and exposure assessment.
  • Current and future and plans for dossier assessment.

Structure of the meeting

The technical meeting will last one and a half days and be organised to enable an interactive exchange of expert views. The draft agenda can be found here.

EFSA will publish on its website a short summary of the discussion as well as the presentations given during the meeting.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in the scientific evaluation of food enzymes such as applicants with experience, future applicants, representatives of industry associations, competent authorities of Member States, academia, public and private research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

The meeting can accommodate a maximum of 70 participants, including speakers and other experts identified by EFSA. EFSA reserves the right to conduct a selection, to limit the number of attendees per company/organisation and/or to exclude late registrants in case it receives more than 70 registrations.

On-line registrations

The registrations are closed.

Logistic information

The meeting takes place in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 June 2019, 14.00–18.00, and on 20 June 2019, 09.00–16.30. Participants will receive further details on the venue and logistics after the closure of registrations. There is no fee for participation. Selected participants are expected to make travel arrangements at their own expense.

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


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Draft Agenda (229.6 KB)