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BACCHUS Toolkit: Helping SMEs and researchers submit better health claim dossiers

The main objective of BACCHUS is to develop tools and resources to help facilitate generation of robust and exploitable scientific evidence that can be used to support claims of a cause and effect relationship between consumption of bioactive peptides and polyphenols, and beneficial physiological effects related to cardiovascular health in humans.

The toolkit is comprised of guidelines and other resources to help SMEs and researchers develop health claim dossiers. Currently, it includes:

  • e-learninge-Learning platform: dissemination of project research and information to project partners including SMEs, some of which is available more widely (publicly accessible).
  1. Best practice guidelines for health claims dossiers, which provides information to aid understanding and facilitate health claims dossier applications including design of human dietary intervention protocols
  2. eBASIS: the food bioactives database covering composition and biological effects of bioactive compounds
  3. eBASIS-Creme Global interface for assessment of intake exposure
  4. BACCHUS publications


1. BACCHUS Best practice guidelines for health claims has been developed to both highlight and summarise the key considerations derived from the relevant official regulations and guidance documents on Nutrition and Health Claims, increasing the accessibility and usability of this information. In addition, these guidelines provides specific insights and outcomes of assessments of polyphenols, bioactive peptides and cardiovascular health claims applications by European Food Safety Authority and subsequent approval or rejection by the European Commission. It is hoped that this document will be a useful resource for those hoping to gain approval for a health claim on a product, for those in research and for others with an interest in this field. For more information, click here

As part of the BACCHUS Best practice guidelines for health claims, guidance will be provided for human dietary intervention study design, specific to the category of health claim sought.

2. eBASIS is an internationally recognised comprehensive database, providing up-to-date coherent and validated scientific information on the composition and health benefits of bioactive compounds in foods. A user-friendly, efficient and flexible interface is provided for searching, extracting, and exporting the data, including the references. eBASIS includes:

  • Unique combination of compositional data and biological effects
  • Data linked to authoritative plant and plant-part lists
  • Comprehensive coverage of plant bioactives
  • Use of the LanguaL food description system
  • Data from over 1000 peer reviewed publications, forming 36,000 data points, covering 750 compounds, 263 plants and 3 animals

3. The eBasis-Creme Global Exposure Interface enables assessment of foods and bioactive compound intakes of adults in the UK, Ireland and Spain to determine whether quantities of foods or compounds required for the claimed effect are consumed at present are realistically achievable within current dietary habits; a requirement for a health claim.

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4. BACCHUS Publications

BACCHUS beneficiaries are publishing their research in peer-reviewed national and international scientific journals as well as presenting the work at scientific congresses by means of scientific posters and oral presentations.

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5. Watching Brief

This Watching Brief is the last of the project and, as such, draws together highlights from previous Watching Briefs as well as summarising developments from EFSA and the EC in the area of health claims regulation between January and July 2016. The abstracts from a number of relevant research publications relating to polyphenols and cardiovascular health have been included, comprising a mixture of randomised controlled trials, reviews and observational studies. This Watching Brief also includes feedback from the BACCHUS workshop in Brussels in June.

Watching Brief August 2016