Novel foods - industry leading guidance

More than one year after the new Novel Foods Regulation 2015/2283 came into effect across Europe, food operators are still getting to grips with the full implications of this important development.

Earlier this year, Food Supplements Europe published the second edition of its guidance document, which aims to help manufacturers understand the scope of the new NFR and the principles to apply when verifying the status of their products. Its recent endorsement by both Food Drink Europe (FDF) and EU Specialty Food Ingredients underlines its status as an officially recognised, industry-wide reference source for all foods on the EU market. Importantly, the revised guidance document now also includes valuable learnings which, as Food Supplements Europe explains; “take into account experience gathered during the first year of the application of the new Regulation.”

What has not changed, however, is the need for robust and reliable data to support the use of novel ingredients as part of the regulatory submission. This requires specialist technical expertise and, again, this help is available. RSSL continues to work with a growing number of innovative companies; not only helping to navigate this complex application process, but also developing and delivering the necessary analytical evaluation for exciting novel ingredients in specific food matrices.

“This is an evolving area, where there is a genuine drive to introduce new ingredients and products onto the European market. Our unique approach means that we can work with manufacturers to fully assess key aspects of an ingredient performance - even those defined as ‘novel’ with no existing benchmarks,” comments Kerry Tanner, Product and Ingredient Innovation Manager at RSSL.

From analytical method development and validation, to stability studies and stage 1 nanomaterial assessments, RSSL has the proven techniques and skills to meet rigorous testing requirements for novel ingredients and/or foods.

For further information or to discuss your novel food/ingredient requirements please contact us on or call +44 (0) 118 918 4076.