This study for DG SANCO of the European Commission was carried out as part of the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium and provided a base for the Commission Impact Assessment of a new Regulation to replace Directive 89/398/EEC.
The project examined the impact of three potential policy options in relation to dietetic food (as covered under Directive 89/398/EEC.
Four specific issues were examined:
• The definition of dietetic foods/scope of the legislation;
• The notification procedure;
• Categories highlighted in legislation but for which no decisions have yet been made; and,
• The prior authorisation procedure of new ingredients.
A case study approach was taken with research taking place in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden. The final purpose of this analysis is to support the drafting of the Commission’s Impact Assessment on new legislation.