In a press release published on April 17, 2019, the European Parliament (EP) announced their approval of new rules within the EU that will “ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more reliable, transparent and objective.” This is the latest step in the ongoing political process to revise the EU’s General Food Law (EC No 178/2002). The revision will “create a common European Database of commissioned studies to deter companies applying for authorization from withholding unfavorable studies,” require applicants to disclose “all information relevant for assessing safety,” and implement “a new pre-submission advisory procedure that enables EFSA to advise applicants on how to submit their application for authorization correctly, making the process more reliable.” The next and final step in the legal process is for the Council of Ministers to formally approve the text, and it will then enter into force.

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EP (April 17, 2019). “Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs.”

Corporate European Observatory (April 17, 2019). “Massive transparency win as MEPs pass EU General Food Law revision.”


EP (April 17, 2019). “P8_TA-PROV(2019)0400 Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.” (pdf)