Legislation concerning foods for particular nutritional uses

  • Regulation (EU No 609/2013) of the European Parliament and of the Council on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes and total diet replacement for weight control.
  • Decision 904/1997 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry on weight loss products
  • Decree 406/2000 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry on dietary foods for special medical purposes
  • Decision 789/1997 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry on baby foods
  • Decree 1216/2007 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry on infant formulae and follow on formulae
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 953/2009 on substances that may be added for specific nutritional purposes in foods for particular nutritional uses
  • Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers
  • Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on nutrition and health claims made on foods

 

The legislation was amended on 20 July 2017

The labelling, compositional requirements and marketing of foods for particular nutritional uses will be made clearer through regulatory reforms.

Regulation (EU No 609/2013) of the European Parliament and of the Council on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes and total diet replacement for weight control was issued in the summer of 2013 and became applicable on 20 July 2016. More detailed provisions will be stipulated by virtue of this Regulation on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes and total diet replacement for weight control.


The Commission has issued the following Delegated Regulations:

The transition periods of Commission Delegated Regulations are several years long. The existing legislation is applied during the transition period.

Commission Directive on foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses (2009/39/EC) and the individual Directives issued by virtue of it were repealed when Regulation (EU) 609/2013 was adopted. With the adoption of the new Regulation, the concept "foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses" is no longer used in legislation. The national notification procedure related to foods for particular nutritional uses became lighter with the new Regulation.

Part of the foodstuffs previously classified as foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses fell under other legislation as of 20 July 2016. Such food categories include, for example:

  • sport nutrition products
  • gluten-free and very low gluten food
  • lactose-free and low lactose food
  • total diet replacements for weight management
  • milk-based drinks for young children

These foods shall meet the requirements of the Food Information Regulation (EU No 1169/2011), the Claims Regulation (EC No. 1924/2006), and depending on the food, either the Fortification Regulation (EC No. 1925/2006) or the Food Supplement Regulation. In practice, this may require changes in labelling and composition. Products placed on the market or labelled before 20 July 2016 may continue to be marketed until stocks of such food are exhausted.

Evira has compiled Tables of legislation applied to foods for particular nutritional uses and foods intended for specific groups

 

The Tables indicate the status of legislation to Evira's knowledge as per 28th November 2017. The Tables will be updated if and when changes and updating needs are identified.

 

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