Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP)

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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.


New members sought for expert novel foods committee

Do you have experience of working in allergy, toxicology, microbiology (specialising in gut microflora) or molecular biology? Are you interested in being on a committee that advises the FSA on novel foods and novel food processes? The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is looking to appoint 5 new members in April 2016.

Views wanted on D-ribose by 1 February 2016

The Advisory Committee for Novel Food and Processes (ACNFP) has reviewed an application from a company seeking authorisation for the compound D-ribose to be used as a novel food ingredient. The ACNFP, which is an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA, has completed its assessment and is now asking for comments on the draft opinion.

Attend an open workshop on novel foods: 4 February 2016

You are invited to attend a novel foods workshop and discuss the food medicine continuum, alternative protein sources and engineered nanotechnology. Our independent committee, the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP), is holding the workshop in London on Thursday 4 February 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend. The closing date for applying to attend is Thursday 14 January.