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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

Chair: Turck, Dominique
Vice-chair: McArdle, Harry; Naska, Androniki
Members: Bohn, Torsten, from 1st July 2021; Castenmiller, Jacqueline Jozefine Maria; De Henauw, Stefaan; Hirsch-Ernst, Karen Ildico; Kearney, John, until 30 June 2021; Knutsen, Helle Katrine; Maciuk, Alexandre; Mangelsdorf, Inge; Pelaez, Carmen; Pentieva, Kristina; Siani, Alfonso; Thies, Frank; Tsabouri, Sophia; Vinceti, Marco

View Declarations of Interests and CVs


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).


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

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Name Meetings, agendas and minutes (last updated)
Claims 2018-2021
Dietary Folate Equivalent
Food Allergy
Novel Foods 2018-2021
Protein hydrolysate-based formula
Sugars 2017-2021
Traditional Foods from Third Countries
Upper Levels

Closed working groups

Name Minutes (last update)
Ad hoc Working Group on Foods for Special Medical Purposes
Alpha-lipoic acid 2020-2021
Claims 2015-2018
Claims: bone, dental, connective tissue
Claims: botanical
Claims: cardio, antioxidants
Claims: gut/immune
Claims: mental, nervous system
Claims: weight, satiety, physical performance
Copper Uncertainty Factor
Dietary Reference Values for minerals 2018-2021 (DRV MIN)
Dietary reference values for vitamins 2015-2018
Dietetic products 2012-2015
Food allergy 2015-2018
Infant Nutrition 2018-2021
Novel Foods 2015-2018
Population Reference Intakes
Upper intake levels for nutrients

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