Novel Food guidance

Is your product a 'Novel Food'? Or maybe you're not sure whether it is? Don't panic! We can guide you through the legislation.

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Wat are Novel Foods?

Novel Foods are all foods or ingredients that were not consumed in significant quantities within the European Union before 15 May 1997.

Novel Foods are foods:

  • with a new or deliberately modified molecular structure
  • based on micro-organisms, fungi or algae
  • based on material of mineral origin
  • based on plants(parts)
  • based on animals(parts)
  • based on cell culture or tissue culture
  • resulting from a new production process
  • from nanomaterial

Not sure whether your product falls under this legislation?

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Is your product a Novel Food?

We can help you with the following questions:

  • What does the application procedure look like?
  • What information do I need to provide?
  • How much will it cost me?
  • How long does this procedure take?
  • Are there any examples of applications?
  • How will my application be evaluated by the EU Commission?
  • What about IP?
  • For which products is an application currently underway?