Certain requirements apply to the labeling and presentation of foods, as well as to the advertising of foods, in the European Union (EU), which are intended to make a particular contribution to consumer protection.
Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006 serves to harmonize regulations for nutrition and health claims in the labeling and presentation or advertising of foods. So-called voluntary claims on foods must be clear, precise and substantiated in EU countries. This is to enable consumers to make informed and meaningful choices.
Applying for approval
You can apply for the authorization of a new health claim as well as for the modification of an existing authorization of a health claim electronically via the E-Submission Food Chain (ESFC) platform of the European Commission:
- In each application, you may only request authorization for the use of a health claim. Furthermore, it is only allowed to show the relationship between a well-defined health effect per advertised food or food category or a nutrient or substance.
- Note: EFSA suggests that the application dossier be written in English to avoid delays in the evaluation of the application due to the translation to be arranged there.
Receipt of the application
The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) is the national competent authority for receiving applications for authorisation of health claims made on food. The BVL confirms receipt of your application, informs EFSA and is entitled to request supplementary documentation from you within a specified period of time.