Countdown begins to new food supplement rules

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Regulations implementing the EU Directive on food supplements have
now been laid before parliament, and are due to come into force on
1 August 2003, confirms the law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner this
week.

Regulations implementing the EU Directive on food supplements have now been laid before parliament, and are due to come into force on 1 August 2003, confirms the law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner this week.

The regulations will define the term 'food supplement', and will introduce a positive list of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will be permitted for use in the EU. They will also impose mandatory packaging and labelling requirements.

Supplements not included in the positive list may still be sold in the EU until 2010, and food supplement manufacturers and importers have until July 2005 to apply to have additional substances included on the positive list.

This is done by submitting a dossier containing detailed scientific data supporting the inclusion of a particular substance on the positive list. Accoording to Berwin Leighton Paisner​ , to date, only 12 dossiers have been compiled, despite the limited number of substances presently included on the positive list.

Full details about the new regulations can be found on the UK Health and Executive​ website.

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