EFSA’s Food Ingredient and Packaging Unit (FIP) has launched an open consultation on a Concept paper on the revision of the ‘Guidance on submissions for safety evaluation of sources of nutrients or of other ingredients proposed for use in the manufacture of foods’. This document proposes to highlight those areas of the existing 2001 SCF Guidance which have been identified based on the experience accrued by the ANS Panel with the evaluation of nutrient sources, as the most in need of further elaboration or clarification. The input from relevant stakeholders is sought early on in the process of the revision of this guidance, so that issues and suggestions raised during this phase can be further developed. This initiative is in line with the EFSA’s objective of prioritising public engagement in the process of scientific assessment.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by  20 July 2016. Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Kindly note that after 2 hours of non-activity your working session will expire and comments submitted after that time will not be recorded and transmitted. Therefore, if the page is left inactive for more than 2 hours, please re-open it from the link before restarting to comment. If you would like to submit additional data to support your comments or file send an email to: ANS.PublicConsult.68@efsa.europa.eu. Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation
  • are presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • are not related to the contents of the document
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA’s activity.

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.

Further to this initial phase, a second public consultation is envisaged on the actual draft Guidance that will be elaborated by the ANS Panel in the coming months.

Submit comments (deadline: 20 July 2016)