Refined Echium Oil. EC No. 74

Croda Chemicals Europe Ltd's application to approve refined echium oil as a novel food ingredient. Authorised July 2008.


Echium oil is a vegetable oil obtained by refining oil extracted from the seeds of Echium Plantagineum.

The applicant proposes to use its refined echium oil as a novel food ingredient in a range of food products and in food supplements. 

Legal Background

Before a novel food can be marketed legally in the EU it requires a pre-market safety assessment under the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, previously 258/97 (EC). This is the regulation establishes the legal basis for novel foods and the process for submitting a novel food authorisation(s).

One of the major changes under the revised regulation, was the centralisation of the authorisation process at the EU level. Prior to this, applications for new novel foods were underwent initial assessment in a Member State to achieve an EU wide authorisation. This application was received by the UK under Regulation 258/97 EC and was assessed by our independent experts the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes.

Application Status: Authorised

Before any new food product can be introduced on the European market, it must be assessed for safety. In the UK, the assessment of novel foods is carried out by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes.

Following an initial public consultation on the application and the discussion of this application, the Committee has formulated a positive initial opinion on this refined echium oil. In July 2008 Croda Chemicals Europe Ltd was granted authorisation to market Refined Echium oil in the EU by Commission Decision 2008/558/EC.