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Speeding up authorisation of novel foods

20-10-2015

In December 2013, the European Commission presented a proposal to clarify the definition of novel foods, take into account new technologies in food-making, and streamline and speed up the authorisation process. The proposal also seeks to make it easier for traditional foods from countries outside the European Union (EU) to enter the EU market. A compromise following negotiations in trilogue is awaiting a vote in the October III plenary session.

In December 2013, the European Commission presented a proposal to clarify the definition of novel foods, take into account new technologies in food-making, and streamline and speed up the authorisation process. The proposal also seeks to make it easier for traditional foods from countries outside the European Union (EU) to enter the EU market. A compromise following negotiations in trilogue is awaiting a vote in the October III plenary session.

Updating rules on novel foods to keep up with scientific advances

30-06-2015

To protect public health, new foods or food ingredients ('novel foods') require safety assessment and authorisation before they can be placed on the EU market. The current authorisation process covering novel foods is seen by the food industry as complex, expensive and time-consuming. In addition, stakeholders agree that updating the current Novel Foods Regulation, which dates back to 1997, is urgently needed to reflect scientific and technological advances. In December 2013, the Commission presented ...

To protect public health, new foods or food ingredients ('novel foods') require safety assessment and authorisation before they can be placed on the EU market. The current authorisation process covering novel foods is seen by the food industry as complex, expensive and time-consuming. In addition, stakeholders agree that updating the current Novel Foods Regulation, which dates back to 1997, is urgently needed to reflect scientific and technological advances. In December 2013, the Commission presented a revised proposal on novel foods. Questions related to cloning have been left out of the proposal, as disagreement concerning food derived from cloned animals led to the failure of the previous attempt at revision of the Regulation in 2008. The main changes in the new proposal are: the removal of the former novel food categories; a centralised authorisation process; a shift from applicant-based to generic authorisations; and a simplified procedure for traditional foods from third countries. Interinstitutional trilogue negotiations started in December 2014; the Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved the resulting compromise text on 10 June, and the EP's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) followed suit on 25 June 2015. The text is expected to be voted in plenary in October 2015.

ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations (TTIP)

05-02-2015

In February 2013, the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (US) started the procedures necessary for initiating formal negotiations on a free trade agreement, referred to as the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP). The first round of negotiations took place in Washington D.C. in July 2013, the seventh round ended on 3 October 2014 and the eight round is taking place in Brussels from 2 to 6 February 2015. In order to monitor the on-going negotiations, the Committee ...

In February 2013, the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (US) started the procedures necessary for initiating formal negotiations on a free trade agreement, referred to as the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” (TTIP). The first round of negotiations took place in Washington D.C. in July 2013, the seventh round ended on 3 October 2014 and the eight round is taking place in Brussels from 2 to 6 February 2015. In order to monitor the on-going negotiations, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) commissioned a study on "ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations (TTIP)". The study complemented a 2013 study on “Legal Implications of TTIP for the Acquis Communautaire in ENVI Relevant Sectors” for the ENVI Committee. This leaflet presents the key findings of the 2014 study.

ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations (TTIP)

05-11-2014

This study, prepared by Policy Department A, aims to support Members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in monitoring on-going negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It analyses the main differences between EU and US legislation in eight areas, namely: human medicines and medical devices, cosmetics, food and nutrition, sanitary and phyto-sanitary, nanomaterials, cloning, raw materials and energy, and motor vehicles. Existing collaboration ...

This study, prepared by Policy Department A, aims to support Members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in monitoring on-going negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It analyses the main differences between EU and US legislation in eight areas, namely: human medicines and medical devices, cosmetics, food and nutrition, sanitary and phyto-sanitary, nanomaterials, cloning, raw materials and energy, and motor vehicles. Existing collaboration between the EU and US, progress already achieved in the negotiations and potential future developments in these areas are also addressed.

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Shailendra Mudgal, Katherine Salès, Alice Landowski, Otto Kern, Juliette Mansard, Christiane Gerstetter, Max Grünig, Elizabeth Dooley, Elizabeth Tedsen, Martin Nesbit, Kamila Paquel and Sirini Withana

Cloning of Animals: Initial Appraisal of the Commission's Impact Assessment

16-06-2014

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying its proposals for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the cloning of animals of the bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine and equine species kept and reproduced for farming purposes, and for a Council Directive on the placing on the market of food from animal clones (COM (2013) 892 and COM (2013) 893), adopted on 18 December 2013. It ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying its proposals for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the cloning of animals of the bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine and equine species kept and reproduced for farming purposes, and for a Council Directive on the placing on the market of food from animal clones (COM (2013) 892 and COM (2013) 893), adopted on 18 December 2013. It does not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposals and is drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the AGRI committee and its Members in their work.

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