Membership to the ACNFP

Last updated:
11 July 2019


The ACNFP provides independent advice to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland on novel foods, novel food processes and Genetically Modified (GM) food. The focus of the Committee’s work at present is advising the FSA on the potential risks identified in applications for traditional foods from third countries under EU Regulation 2015/2283.

Members Specialisms

The Committee is made up of range of experts, covering the disciplines of nutrition, microbiology, food technology, toxicology and allergenicity. There are also three lay members: two consumer representatives, who provide a valuable insight into consumer concerns; and an ethicist, who advises on ethical issues relating to new foods and processes.

Members are appointed to ensure that a broad spectrum of relevant eminent expertise and knowledge is represented on the Committee in order that issues can be examined thoroughly.

How Members Should Act

Members of the ACNFP conduct their work in line with the code of practice for Scientific Advisory Committee members issued by the government, as well as the seven principles of public life and the ACNFP’s code of conduct.

Guidance can be found here;

Membership Expectations

The Committee is expected to complete tasks to advise the FSA. This includes reviewing documents and providing specialist insight. Work is dependent on the number of traditional food applications and other Committee requirements.

In general the committee are expected to:

  1. Meet approximately 6 times a year
  2. To provide independent insight and advice on novel food, novel food process and genetically modified foods
  3. Provide evaluations of traditional food notifications
  4. Carry out the functions of the Committee, such as applying governance processes and contributing papers and guidance for the website

Appointment to the ACNFP

Appointments to the SACs are made strictly on merit by a fair and open process in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice, taking account of equality and diversity.

When opportunities arise on the Committee these are advertised through open competition. We are currently recruiting for members of our Scientific Advisory Committees including the ACNFP. Further information on this can be found on