From 1 January 2021, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over responsibility from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission for carrying out risk analysis. The FSA and FSS will make recommendations to ministers on whether to authorise certain food and animal feed products, as well as any new products or processes for the UK market, where this is required by legislation.
These changes will impact those wanting to apply for the authorisation of regulated products, such as food and feed additives, flavourings, genetically modified foods or food contact materials. The FSA are running webinars on the 12 and 16 November 2020, which aims to explain how the risk analysis process will operate, and what businesses will need to do in order to apply for regulated product authorisation in the UK from 2021 onwards.
Source: FSA, 20 October 2020