AESGP continues to actively engage in the implementation of a balanced and equitable legal and regulatory framework to ensure the availability of safe and beneficial food supplements.
Thanks to its fruitful collaboration with the EU authorities (the European Food Safety Authority – EFSA and the European Commission’s DG SANTE) and other stakeholders active in this field, AESGP focused its activities on the use of food additives, novel foods, the safety of substances other than vitamins and minerals added to food regulated under Article 8 of Regulation 1925/2006, and on the ongoing scientific discussions regarding the setting of maximum levels of vitamins and minerals called for by the Food Supplements Directive.
Designation of vitamins in the list of ingredients
AESGP and its members coordinated efforts to achieve a harmonised interpretation by the EU Member States of the judgment of the CJEU in case C 533/20 regarding the designation of vitamins in the list of ingredients, and in particular its scope. AESGP welcomed the Commission’s clarification expressed at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) meeting of 6 December 2022, which confirmed AESGP’s initial interpretation that the ruling is limited to fortified food and should not be applied to food supplements by analogy. AESGP will continue to closely monitor the enforcement practice through its members and further engage on the topic to ensure pragmatic and harmonised information for food supplements’ consumers throughout the EU market.