Non-authorised health claims

The transitional period granted to around 1,700 health claims ended on 14 December 2012. These health claims may no longer be used in the labelling or marketing of food.

The European Commission authorised in May 2012 under Regulation (EU) No. 432/2012 a total of 222 functional health claims for use in the marketing of food. At the same time, around 1,700 health claims were placed in the list of non-authorised claims. The scientific evidence presented for them was not considered adequate, and they were rejected for that reason. The use of non-authorised health claims in the marketing of food products was to stop on 14 December 2012 at the latest.

The European Commission maintains a Register of authorised claims and conditions for their use. The list of authorised and non-authorised claims is being supplemented as the European Food Safety Authority EFSA and the European Commission continue the review procedure on health claims.

About 2,000 health claims related to herbal substances are still waiting for EFSA's assessment and/or the Commission's decision. These health claims may be used in the marketing of food at the operator's own risk until a final decision on the authorisation or rejection of the claim has been made. The general requirements of the Claims Regulation and the labelling requirements must also be taken into account in the use of these claims. All claims submitted to EFSA for an assessment can be found in the Register of EFSA.

Companies are responsible for the claims they use. The company using a health claim must verify that the labelling of the product carries all the statements required due to the use of the claim.

Finnish Food Safety authority Evira acts as the national competent authority in Finland and forwards the claim applications to EFSA for assessment. As part of its duties, Evira is responsible for the management, guidance and development of the control of nutrition and health claims in Finland. Compliance with the requirements of the Claims Regulation is primarily controlled by local food control authorities.