What is the EU Health Claims register?

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Published on LexisPSL on 25/05/2017

The following Commercial Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the EU Health Claims register?
  • What is the EU framework on health and nutrition claims?
  • Definitions in the Regulation
  • Nutrition and health claims
  • Other regulation

What is the EU Health Claims register?

What is the EU framework on health and nutrition claims?

Making nutrition and health claims about foods, eg 'no added salt' and 'folate contributes to normal blood formation', is subject to strict controls under EU legislation. The EU Health Claims Register lists all permitted nutrition claims and all authorised and non-authorised health claims as a source of reference and with the aim of ensuring full transparency for consumers and food business operators is ensured.

In particular, it lists:

  1. permitted nutrition claims and their conditions of use

  2. authorised health claims, their conditions of use and applicable restrictions, if any

  3. non-authorised health claims and the reasons for their non-authorisation

  4. EU legal acts for the specific health claims

  5. national measures mentioned in Article 23(3) of Regulation EC 1924/2006

The European Commission updates the Register when required, namely upon adoption of EU decisions on applications for claims or on changes to conditions of use and restrictions. There are different procedures managed by the European Commission for the various types of claims, with regard to their authorisation. The procedures for listing a claim are set out on its health claims and nutrition claims webpages.

The EU regulates nutrition and health claims in Regulation 1924/2006, which came into force on 1 July 2007. The Regulation provides the legal framework which must be complied with by food business

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