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Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens

The Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) deals with questions related to human nutrition, novel foods, nutrient sources, foods for special groups such as infant formulae, health claims on food products, dietary reference values, and food allergies.

NDA panel members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Human medicine
  • Infant nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Dietary exposure assessment
  • Food allergy and intolerance
  • Toxicology
  • Food Technology
    • Microbiology
    • Biochemistry

The NDA Panel assumed responsibility for the evaluation of nutrient sources added to food following the renewal of EFSA’s scientific panels in 2018.

Panel Members

Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens Panel Members, 2018-2024

Panel composition and Declarations of Interests.

Previous Panel Members


Chair: Dominique Turck
Vice-chair: Androniki Naska; Henk Van Loveren
Members: Jean-Louis Bresson; Barbara Burlingame; Tara Dean; Susan Fairweather-Tait; Marina Heinonen; Karen Ildico Hirsch-Ernst; Inge Mangelsdorf; Harry McArdle; Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold; Grazyna Nowicka; Kristina Pentieva; Yolanda Sanz; Alfonso Siani; Anders Mikael Sjodin; Martin Stern; Daniel Tomé; Marco Vinceti; Peter Willatts


Chair: Ambroise Martin
Vice-chair: Yolanda Sanz; John J Strain
Members: Carlo Virginio Agostoni; Roberto Berni Canani; Susan Fairweather-Tait; Marina Heinonen; Hannu Jaakko Tapani Korhonen; Sébastien La Vieille; Rosangela Marchelli; Androniki Naska; Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold; Grazyna Nowicka; Alfonso Siani; Anders Sjödin; Martin Stern; Inge Tetens; Daniel Tomé; Dominique Turck; Hans Verhagen


Chair: Albert Flynn; 
Vice-chair: Hildegard Przyrembel; Hendrik Van Loveren
Members: Carlo Virginio Agostoni; Jean-Louis Bresson; Susan Fairweather-Tait; Ines Golly; Hannu Korhonen; Pagona Lagiou; Martinus Løvik; Rosangela Marchelli; Ambroise Martin; Bevan Moseley; Monika Neuhäuser- Berthold; Seppo Salminen; Yolanda Sanz; John J.Strain; Stephan Strobel; Inge Tetens; Daniel Tomé; Hans Verhagen

The Declarations of Interests and CVs of previous Panel members are available upon interestmanagement [at] (request).

Closed Networks

Novel Foods

The role of the NF Network is to provide a platform for the scientific cooperation between risk assessors of the EU Member States and EFSA in collaboration with the European Commission (EC), and to enhance risk assessment practices in the areas of novel foods including traditional foods from third countries in the framework of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283.

Specifically, the NF Network aims to:

  • Facilitate exchange of information, discussion and consultation, and enhance collaboration in the area of novel foods;
  • Harmonise methodology for searching for information and commenting on notifications for traditional foods from third countries, and harmonise the approach to streamline submission of duly reasoned safety objections for notifications of traditional foods from third countries;
  • Avoid duplication of work

Working groups

Claims 2018-2024

Food Allergy

Novel Foods 2018-2024

Protein hydrolysate-based formula

Substances other than vitamin and minerals

Traditional Foods from Third Countries

Upper Levels

Closed working groups

Ad hoc Working Group on Foods for Special Medical Purposes

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Alpha-lipoic acid 2020-2021

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Claims 2015-2018

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Claims: bone, dental, connective tissue

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Claims: botanical

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Claims: cardio, antioxidants

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Claims: gut/immune

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Claims: mental, nervous system

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Claims: weight, satiety, physical performance

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Copper Uncertainty Factor

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Dietary Folate Equivalent

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Dietary Reference Values for minerals 2018-2021 (DRV MIN)

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Dietary reference values for vitamins 2015-2018

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Dietetic products 2012-2015

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Food allergy 2015-2018

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Infant Nutrition 2018-2021

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Novel Foods 2015-2018

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Population Reference Intakes

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Sugars 2017-2021

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Upper intake levels for nutrients

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