25th April 2019Back
Author: Naroa Garcia, Senior NPD Scientist
I recently attended the AMFEP quarterly meeting held in the association’s headquarters in Brussels. AMFEP is the Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Enzyme Products, which is a non profit International industry association that aims to repesent, promote and defend the interests, safe use and regulatory framework of manufacturers and formulators of enzyme products, whilst communicating and exchanging information with stakeholders both in the EU and worldwide. Biocatalysts has been a member of this group since 2005.
I find these meetings extremely useful to keep up to date with the regulatory status of enzymes in the European Union. This is because one of the main subjects for discussion during these meetings is developments in the Food Enzymes Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008. This regulation is applicable from 2010 and harmonises for the first time the rules for food enzymes in the EU. According to this regulation, all food enzymes currently available in the EU, as well as new food enzymes, are subject to safety evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and subsequently approved by the European Commission by means of a Union List. It is expected that the Union List will be fully implemented in 2022.
During these meetings, members also share their experiences with the submission of dossiers generated in the past and feedback received by EFSA during their evaluation. This way we work together and learn from previous experiences to ensure that future dossier submissions are accurate and contain all information and data required to ensure a positive outcome from EFSA.
As a member of AMFEP, we are also constantly kept up to date with the latest developments in non-European legislation for food enzymes through AMFEP’s collaboration with similar associations worldwide, such as the Technical Enzyme Association (ETA) in USA and Japanese Enzyme Association (JEA). This allows Biocatalysts’ Compliance Team and me to continuously learn and update our knowledge on evolving legislations worldwide to guarantee our customers have no regulatory issues with the use of our enzymes globally.