EFSA launches platform to help SMEs with novel food applications 

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) preparing a novel food application can receive administrative help through a new support platform launched by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). After completing the European Union’s self-assessment questionnaire to determine whether they qualify as a small and mediumsized enterprise (SME), businesses can submit their draft dossiers to EFSA expert who will help resolve any administrative issues through teleconferences over the next six months. In addition to novel foods, SMEs can also submit questions to the agency on feed additives The administrative check is intended to speed up the process and get applications to the risk assessment phase. The EU’s novel food regulation is set to enter into force in January 2018. It will not deal with scientific questions, advice and assessments, nor will it cover traditional food applications. However, the EFSA Nutri Unit will assess applications of traditional food from third countries.