New guidance on nanotechnologies in food and feed

EFSA has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications.

The document gives practical suggestions on the types of testing that are needed and the methods that can be applied. It covers areas such as novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives and pesticides. It is intended for all interested parties – in particular risk assessors, risk managers and applicants.

The guidance will now enter a pilot phase, with finalisation envisaged by the end 2019. A second guidance will be developed in 2019 focusing on environmental risk assessment of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications in the food and feed chain.