To ensure the business continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak any data (e.g. applications, replies to DG SANTE calls for data related to the follow-up on the safety re-evaluation of food additives) should be submitted to the Commission by using the online platform CIRCABC. These measures will remain in place until further notice. No parallel or later submission of the same data in a physical medium (as well as paper copies) is required.
Please check the Guidance for online data submission on Food Improvement Agents via CIRCABC Sante-Cad-In Group for further practical information on how to use the CIRCABC platform for the online submissions.
Food additives permitted before 20 January 2009 must go through a new risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 set up a programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008.
Deadlines for re-evaluation:
|Most food colours||by the end of 2011 (closed)|
|Aspartame||by November 2013 (closed) - NB: this re-evaluation was advanced due to the publication of new scientific data|
|Remaining colours||by the end of 2015 (closed)|
|Preservatives, antioxidants, glutamates, silicon dioxide||by the end of 2015-2016|
|Other sweeteners||by the end of 2020|
|All other additives||by the end of 2018|
State of play of the re-evaluation of safety of permitted food additives by EFSA as of 10 June 2020:
- 316 food additives approved before 20 January 2009 to be re-evaluated by EFSA
- 124 scientific opinions published by EFSA on the re-evaluation of the safety of food additives, covering 227 individual food additives
- 89 food additives still to be re-evaluated by EFSA before 31 December 2020
Summary table of permitted food additives and status of their re-evaluation by EFSA (status as of 10 June 2020).
Approach for the follow-up of EFSA’s scientific opinions on the re-evaluation of the safety of permitted food additives for which some concerns have been identified.