Attend an open workshop on novel foods: 4 February 2016

Last updated:
14 December 2015
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.

About the workshop

The workshop will be chaired by Professor Peter Gregory, ACNFP Chair. The workshop aims to give the public and others an opportunity to discuss with Committee members, subjects that fall directly within the Committee's remit. The event, which will be held in central London between 10am-1.30pm on 4 February 2016, will include the following.


Introductions and presentations on the work of the committee.

Breakout session: discussions on novel food issues of interest to the consumer

These three issues will be discussed in small groups:

  • the food medicine continuum
  • alternative protein sources (eg insects, microprotein and in vitro meat production)
  • engineered nanotechnology with an emphasis on how they may contribute to meeting the consumer driver for a healthy convenient food

The group discussions will be limited to the subjects listed above but there will be an opportunity to ask questions on other topics in the open discussion at the end of the meeting (see below)

An open discussion with tabled audience questions

Participants are invited to raise any issues related to the assessment of novel foods. Priority will be given to questions submitted in advance of the event.

How to attend

If you would like to attend this event, email Alison Asquith at by Thursday 14 January.

In your email, please indicate your organisation (if any), your preference for each of the three group discussion topics listed above (with '1' being your most preferred topic, and '3' your least preferred).

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

You can also contact the ACNFP secretariat at:

ACNFP Secretariat
1B Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6NH
tel: 020 7276 8596

What is a novel food?

A novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the European Union before 15 May 1997.

Before any new food product can be introduced on the European market it must be rigorously assessed for safety. In the UK, the assessment of novel foods is carried out by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP), an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA.