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The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is a non-statutory, independent body of scientific experts that advises the Food Standards Agency on any matters relating to novel foods (including genetically modified foods) and novel processes (including food irradiation).
The Committee carries out safety assessments of any novel food or process submitted for approval under the EC novel food regulation. Until April 2004 the scope of this regulation included all foods produced using genetically modified organisms. However, GM foods are now subject to approval under a separate regulation. Approval of GM foods now involves centralised risk assessments, which are the responsibility of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Nevertheless, the Committee still has a role in advising the Food Standards Agency on GM foods - for example by contributing to EFSA's risk assessments or by advising the Agency on other GM issues.
The ACNFP is supported in its work by a secretariat provided by the Food Standards Agency. The secretariat has scientific expertise that enables them to provide Members with comprehensive background information and briefing papers that inform the decision-making processes of the Committee. As well as formal meetings, the Committee organises workshops on specific topics related to its remit.
The reports of the ACNFP's evaluations and the minutes of the Committee's meetings are published on this site. The ACNFP also publishes an annual report which explains the work the Committee has undertaken during the reporting year and provides a full list of the Committee's Members and any interests that they might have.
Invitation to novel food workshop: Friday 04 October 2013
The FSA’s Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is holding an open workshop on novel foods in London on Wednesday 20 November 2013, 1pm-4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including members of the public. The closing date for applying to attend is Friday 1 November. More
Views wanted on D-beta-hydroxybutyrate ester: Monday 30 September 2013
A UK company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to market D-beta-hydroxybutyrate ester as a novel food ingredient. Views are wanted on the company's application. The deadline for sending comments is Sunday 20 October 2013. More
Views wanted on algal oil: Monday 30 September 2013
A company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to widen the use of algal oil under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97. Views are wanted on the company’s application. The deadline for sending comments is Sunday 20 October 2013. More
Views wanted on novel food ingredient 1-MNA: Tuesday 01 October 2013
A Polish company has applied to the Food Standards Agency to market 1-methylnicotinamide chloride (1-MNA) as a novel food ingredient. Views are wanted on the company's application. The deadline for comments is Monday 21 October 2013. More