Development and Market of Food Supplements within the European Union - Regulatory Challenges and Barriers

The Food Supplements Directive has been a great achievement providing a legal framework and a high level of consumer protection at European Union level. However, some important elements are still missing to complete the harmonization and constitute serious challenges for food business operators.

Harmonized compositional requirements are indeed quite limited resulting in detailed National legislations which differ considerably among the Member States, not only in terms of scope but also in terms of content. There are for instance positive and negative botanical lists, nutrients that are permitted or prohibited, nutrients with minimum and maximum levels, or specific conditions of use such as warning statements which constitute real barriers for businesses.

Mutual recognition is the principle in place to tackle non-harmonized matters at EU level: but how is this working in practice?
This presentation will take you through the different challenges that we are facing from a food operator perspective with concrete examples. This will also be the opportunity to see how mutual recognition works in practice, and possibly offer a reflection on the different approaches being taken by Member States to set maximum levels, and the need for engagement and dialogue between interested parties.