Webinar: EFSA Data Requirements Listing Engineered Nanomaterials for Food Contact Applications

Smithers Pira looks at the EFSA guidelines on Engineered Nanomaterials in Food Contact Applications.

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Webinar first ran: Wednesday 07 September 2011.


On 10 May 2011, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a guidance document for the risk assessment of engineered nanomaterial (ENM) applications in food and feed. The guidance is the work of the authority's scientific committee and is the first of its kind to give practical guidance for addressing potential risks arising from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain.

The guidance covers risk assessments for food and feed applications including food additives, enzymes, flavourings, Food Contact materials, novel foods, feed additives and pesticides. It stipulates the additional data needed for the physical and chemical characterisation of ENM in comparison with conventional applications and outlines different toxicity testing approaches to be followed by applicants.

The discussion focuses on:

  • EFSA guidance on risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs)
  • EFSA definition of an ENM
  • EFSA data requirements for ENMs
  • Characterisaion data requirements
  • Migration data requirements
  • Toxicological data requirements
  • Getting ENMs approved
  • Q&A

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