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Dietary Supplements: EC Law

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will press the European Food Safety Agency (a) to publish a timetable for assessment of evidence dossiers submitted to it under the terms of the food supplement directive and (b) to make it its policy to announce decisions on individual applications as soon as they have been made. (128032)

At a recent meeting with part of the United Kingdom food supplements industry, a number of concerns were raised regarding dossiers submitted for an opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in relation to the food supplements directive. It was agreed at the meeting that these concerns would be raised with EFSA and this will include the timetable for assessing dossiers and the publication of decisions on individual applications.