Nutrition applications: overview and procedure

EFSA has implemented a number of provisional measures – such as all staff being required to work from home – in order to comply with the restrictions in place to control the spread of COVID-19. To ensure business continuity on regulated product applications in these circumstances, EFSA will allow companies and institutions to share documentation with the Authority through their chosen internet-based software. For more information, including contact details, consult the Services for applicants page.


EFSA assesses the scientific basis of nutrition and health claims submitted for authorisation in the EU. Work in the area of nutrition related to applications also includes the evaluation of novel foods, infant formulae and food allergens. The European Commission and Member States then decide whether to grant authorisation.

In the case of health claims?applications are submitted to the national competent authority of a Member State. This includes applications for authorisation of a new health claim or for the modification of an existing authorisation. An applicant who intends to place on the EU market a?novel food?submits an application to the European Commission. The European Commission (EC) receives applications also for infant formulae and food allergens.

The competent authority or the EC pass on the application and any supplementary information to EFSA, which carries out the scientific evaluation.


There are different application procedures according to the type of application:

Health claims applications procedure ‐ an overview

Novel foods applications procedure as of 2018 – an overview

Traditional foods notification-application procedure as of 2018 – an overview

Infant formulae applications procedure ‐ an overview

Food allergies applications procedure ‐ an overview

Nutrient sources added to food applications procedure ‐ an overview