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2017-01-10 Health Claims Study for DG SANTE: Online Survey
The Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC) has been mandated by DG Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE) to carry out a study to support the evaluation of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on food (the NHC Regulation) with regard to the following provisions:

  1. Nutrient profiles for determining whether products high in certain nutrients (in particular, salt, sugar and fat) can bear claims; and,
  2. Claims made on plants and their preparations, as well as the general regulatory framework r and their preparations, as well as the general regulatory framework for their use in foods.

The study is led by Agra CEAS Consulting (FCEC). The evaluation forms part of the Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) and will provide inputs for the REFIT of the NHC Regulation with regard to the above aspects. The study methodology envisages the extensive consultation of Member States Competent Authorities and all stakeholders directly or indirectly affected by these issues, including business, consumers and other non-business interest groups. Consultation with stakeholders was launched in a workshop held in Brussels on 21 June 2016 in the context of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain, Animal and Plant Health. Consultation with Member State Competent Authorities was launched on the same day in a workshop held in the context of the Member State Working Group of the PAFF committee – section nutrition and health claims.

In the framework of this evaluation, Agra CEAS Consulting is hereby launching an on-line survey of organisations representing stakeholdersincluding consumers, relevant business operators, and public health interest groups, whether set up at EU or national level. The online survey can be accessed here

Research scientists are welcome to respond on behalf of their organisation, by clicking on non-business part of the questionnaire. We encourage you to disseminate the link to this survey, as quickly as possible, to any other relevant organisations. The weblink to access the survey is not respondent-specific and can be sent as such to other potential respondents.

More information on this study, including the terms of reference, can be found at the DG SANTE website: .

 The survey will remain open until 17 February 2017.