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Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 1997 concerns novel foods and novel food ingredients.

The Commission recommendation 97/618/EC of 29 July 1997 concerns the scientific aspects and the presentation of information necessary to support applications for the placing on the market of novel foods and novel food ingredients and the preparation of initial assessment reports under Regulation (EC) No 258/97.

Section 3.10 of the Commission recommendation 97/618/EC on allergenic potential specifies that studies to test the allergenic potential of novel foods should be compliant to principles of good clinical practice and good laboratory practice.

Moreover, Chapter XI of the Commission recommendation 97/618/EC on nutritional information on the novel foods requires that studies should be compliant to principles of good laboratory practice, in particular regarding the numbers involved in study groups.

The EU receiving authority is the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Further information on novel foods can be found on the website of the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO).

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