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EFSA issues food enzyme guidance

EFSA issues food enzyme guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued new guidance on the information that must be submitted as part of an application to put a food enzyme on the market within the EU.

The new document provides guidance to applicants submitting applications for the authorisation of food enzymes in the EU, including checklist of all the information that must be submitted as part of an application. EFSA said the new suitability checklist "is designed to be used by applicants to ensure EFSA receives all the necessary administrative and scientific data to carry out its assessment of a food enzyme application."

In addition, the document sets out when and how applicants can contact EFSA staff during the evaluation process.

The suitability checklist is the latest initiative developed by EFSA as part of its ongoing customer-oriented approach to applicants of regulated products. The programme is designed to strengthen the support EFSA provides to applicants and streamline the risk assessment process, it said.

"It includes a checklist to verify whether the application falls within the scope of the appropriate sectoral food law, to ensure the completeness of the administrative information and whether it contains all the elements required by legislation," said EFSA.

The full guidance document can be found here , while the checklist can be downloaded here .

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