In accordance with Article 43 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the European Commission requested EFSA to assess whether the existing temporary maximum residue levels (MRLs) for nicotine in rose hips, teas and capers are sufficiently protective for European consumers, based on the risk assessment model currently used for pesticide risk assessments (EFSA PRIMo rev. 3.1). In its assessment, EFSA noted potential acute exposure risks for the intake of nicotine through rose hips and tea; EFSA recommended to lower the existing MRLs for these two commodities to levels that do not lead to an exceedance of the ARfD. For capers, EFSA concluded that the existing MRL is unlikely to lead to acute intake concerns. The risk assessment for the three food commodities under assessment is affected by additional, non‐standard uncertainties.