Stakeholder workshop on the re-evaluation of food additives

24 novembre 2017

EFSA is organising a one-day stakeholder workshop on the status of the EU re-evaluation programme of food additives.

The workshop will be an occasion for taking stock of the programme’s progress, analysing the challenges encountered so far, and promoting examples of good collaboration. It will also serve as a platform for discussing EFSA’s upcoming work and the challenges to be faced over the coming years.

Participants will have ample opportunity to share their views and make suggestions on how to strengthen scientific cooperation and engagement with EFSA in the specific area of food additive re-evaluations. They will also gain a better understanding of the follow-up activities resulting from certain safety concerns or data gaps identified in an assessment.

24th November 2017

Time Items
08.30-09.00 Registration
SESSION 1 | 2010-2017: Where are we now?
Chair: Claudia Roncancio, Head of the Food Ingredients and Packaging (FIP) Unit, EFSA
09.00-09.10 Welcome and introduction to the event
Claudia Roncancio, Head of FIP Unit
09.10-09.30 Re-evaluation of food additives: state of play
Maged Younes, Chair of the ANS Panel - Presentation
09.30-09.50 Guiding principles in the safety assessment of food additives
David Gott, Chair of the ANS Panel Working Groups on Applications - Presentation
09.50-10.30 The experience so far: feedback from the Working Groups dealing with the re-evaluation of food additives
Food Additives Team, FIP Unit; Chairs of the ANS Panel Working Groups
10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea break
11.00-11.20 Follow-up activities by the European Commission
Guillermo Cardon, European Commission, DG SANTE - Presentation
11.20-11.40 A point of view from interested parties
Marise Hervé, EU Specialty Food Ingredients - Presentation
11.40-12.30 Round table: questions and feedback from the audience
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
SESSION 2 | Engaging in EFSA’s working practices
Chair: Camilla Smeraldi, Team Leader Food Additives (FIP) Unit, EFSA
14.00-14.20 Your data: their importance in the exposure assessment + Questions
Food Additives Team, FIP Unit; Jean-Charles Leblanc, Chair of the ANS Panel Working Group on Exposure - Presentation
14.20-14.45 Our data and how can you use them: introducing the Food Additive Intake Model 2.0 + Questions
Davide Arcella, DATA Unit, EFSA - Presentation
14.45-15.00 The EFSA catalogue of services
Margherita Guidi, APDESK Unit, EFSA - Presentation
15.00-15.30 Looking ahead: towards 2020 and beyond. + Questions
Anna Christodoulidou, Alessandra Giarola, Federica Lodi, Adamantia Papaioannou, Fabiola Pizzo, Ana Maria Rincon, Alexandra Tard, FIP Unit, EFSA - Presentation
15.30-15.40 Concluding remarks and end of meeting
Maged Younes, Chair of the ANS Panel
15.40-16.00 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.

Regulation EU 257/2010 establishes a programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives, including deadlines for the re-evaluations for the different groups of additives (e.g. food colours, sweeteners, preservatives and antioxidants, and miscellaneous food additives).

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

The workshop is open to the whole range of stakeholders having an interest in the re-evaluation of food additives. Participation is limited to a maximum of 90 participants. Participants will be selected to ensure a sufficient representation of the various stakeholder groups, as well as a broad geographical balance.

The workshop will be preceded by an open plenary meeting of EFSA’s Scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS). Registration for the two events is done separately.

Registration will close once the maximum number of participants is reached or, at the latest, by 6 November 2017.

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 09:30-16:00 on 24 November 2017.

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


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


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


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