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Food: EC Law

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Standards Agency has received a copy of the European Commission consultation document on the proposal that the European Food Safety Authority be permitted to charge fees for the consideration of dossiers submitted under European food law; and if she will make a statement. (123949)

The Food Standards Agency has received a copy of the Commission’s consultation document, and has co-ordinated and submitted a reply on behalf of the United Kingdom Government. The response agreed with the principle of charging for work done in assessing authorisation files, but indicated that such charging should be limited to circumstances in which the applicant is the sole commercial beneficiary. The comments also underlined the important need to take account of the potential impact on small and medium-sized enterprises. These would be at a particular disadvantage with any charging arrangements.