EFLA Events

Past EFLA Events

October 10th, 2019, Brussels - EFLA EU-US Conference: CODEX Alimentarius and its importance in the current regulatory debate.

The EFLA Conference 2019 focused on the topic of Codex Alimentarius and its role in the regulatory developments in the EU, US and worldwide. Within the first session entitled: From a programme to an international body: Codex Alimentarius evolution and its current challenges Mr Steve Wearne (Codex Alimentarius Commission) presented the Codex Strategic Plan 2020-2025, Mrs Nicole Coutrelis (Coutrelis and Associes) and Mr Ricardo Carvajal (Hyman Phelps and Mcnamara) talked about horizontal topics handled by Codex of interest for the EU and the US respectively. Finally, Mr Kaushik Janakiraman (RB - Reckitt Benckiser, the Netherlands) highlighted the industry perspective on Codex Alimentarius activities.

Speakers in the following session, Dr Markus Lipp (JECFA Secretariat, FAO), Dr Paul Honigfort (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and Dr Daniel Folmer (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), talked about the approach to science at Codex level and in the US.

The last session’s speakers looked at Codex Alimentarius mission at the national level. The session started with a presentation from Dr Sebastien Goux (DG Sante, European Commission) focusing on the role of Codex Alimentarius in the EU food policy. This was followed by a speech from Mr Martin Hahn (Hogan Lovells) about standards of identity of products in the US. Mrs Caroline Rey (EU Specialty Food Ingredients) talked about Codex food additives provisions (GSFA) and their use internationally, and Dr Karen Hulebak (Former Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Resolution Strategy LLC) concluded the session with a critical analysis of the practical application of Codex principles.

For reference, detailed programme of the Conference is available here.

June 25th,2019, Brussels - EFLA Workshop ‘Borderline issues between food additives and food ingredients in the EU’.

The EFLA Workshop dedicated to ‘Borderline issues between food additives and food ingredients in the EU’ was held in Brussels on 25th June 2019. The workshop participants were presented with an overview of the EU legislative framework applicable to food ingredients and food additives specifically (speaker: Gilles Boin). The recent developments in the area of plant extracts (speaker: Nicole Coutrelis) and colouring foods (speaker: Ina Gerstberger) were placed in this regulatory environment.

More information about the programme of this workshop is available here.

December 12th, 2018, Brussels - EFLA Workshop 'Questions around national provisions: The case of nano labelling rules and titanium dioxide ban in France'.

The EFLA workshop dedicated to Questions around national provisions: the case of nano labelling rules and titanium dioxide ban in France took place in Brussels on 12th December 2018.At the workshop participants were presented with an overview of the difficulties concerning detection of nanomaterials in foods by Dr Jan Mast, Head of Service Trace Elements and Nanomaterials at Sciensano (Belgium). In addition, we welcomed Dr Jacques-Aurélien Sergent, Corporate Product Safety Toxicologist at Solvay, presenting the industry perspective on nanomaterials including the aspects of their labelling and the titanium dioxide ban in France.The presentations were followed by a discussion on legal issues concerning nanomaterials labelling.

September 20th-21st, 2018, Hamburg - EFLA Congress 'Harmonisation or re-nationalisation. New paradigms for EU Food Law'. 

Over the past 30 years, the European Union has taken a fairly consistent path in the development and application of food law. We now seem to be at a crossroads and the future direction of travel may differ from the past. There would now appear to be a growing move towards re-nationalisation of food law, rather than harmonisation. Whether or not this is conscious decision of the European Union, the potential implications of this for those operating within the EU market are significant.

This Congress aimed at highlighting those areas where this shift is currently most apparent, address the existing and potential future impact, and discuss what this means for the future evolution of EU food law.

The event was important not just for practitioners of food law, but also all those working in companies, government bodies and trade associations who will be significant impacted by the decisions taken by the EU in this area.

Please find the programme of the Congress here

April 11th, 2018, Brussels - EFLA Workshop on national sanctions for infringements of the Food Information to Consumers Regulation 1169/2011

The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with an overview of the various sanctions in different EU Member State national legislations. Speakers will make short presentations from their respective countries and will provide insights into the application of the national sanctions based on practical experience to date. Confirmed speakers include Andreas Meisterernst (Germany), Paola Corte (Italy), Vicente Rodriguez Fuentes (Spain), Jean Savigny (Belgium) and Andreas Natterer (Austria).  

September 28th, 2017, Brussels - 5th EFLA EU-US Food Law Conference.

June 22nd, 2017, Brussels - EFLA Workshop on processing aids -
Please find here the agenda for the workshop.

The workshop will be held at Italian Food and Drink Industry Federation, 1, avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée, 1040 Brussels from 10:30am to 1pm. The workshop will be followed by a lunch.  

February 1st, 2017, Brussels - EFLA workshop on Country of Origin Labelling took place from 10h30 to 13h00 at the Italian Food and Drink Industry Federation in Brussels. Please find here the agenda for the workshop.
The workshop included an overview of the state of play on the question of origin (Mr. Peter Loosen, BLL), a closer look at national rules on origin labelling in France (Ms. Nicole Coutrelis, Coutrelis & Associés), Spain (Mr.Vicente Rodriguez Fuentes, Legal Agrifood Abogados) and Italy (Mr. Ferdinando Albisinni, Università della Tuscia) and a presentation of the results of a survey on national COOL schemes, Poland (Ms. Joanna Krakowiak, Wardynski and Partners). The presentations were followed by a discussion session.

September 15th & 16th, 2016 - EFLA Congress 'EU Food Law after REFIT: Better regulation or more of the same?' in Warsaw. Please find here the press release.
Please find here the final programme. Additional information about the event by clicking here.

April 7th, 2016, EFLA Workshop on Novel Foods in Brussels

October 21st, 2015, Brussels: 4th EFLA EU-US Food Law Conference "The role of trade agreements in the food sector". PLease find here the programme.

The 4th EFLA EU-US Food Law Conference took place at the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels on 21st October 2015 (9h-17h). This year’s EFLA EU-US conference focused on the role of trade agreements in the food sector. More information on the programme by clicking here.

June 1st, 2015: EFLA Workshop in Vienna - 'Revision of Regulation 882/2004 on official controls'

March 11th, 2015:  The perspective of Industry, Counsels and Associations, and how they work together’.

September 25th-26th, 2014: 20th International Scientific EFLA Congress "Science and Enforcement of Food Law"

July 2nd, 2014: Enforcement of food law

March 24th, 2014: Update on additives developments

December 12th, 2013: The revision of the EU Novel Foods legislation

October 21st, 2013: Third EFLA EU-USA Conference on Food Law "Legal aspects of international alerts and recalls in the food sector"  

June 13th, 2013: National implementation and interpretation experiences with the EU Claims Regulation.

December 12th, 2012: The revision of the Parnuts directive 2009/39/EC on foodstuffs intended for particular nutrition uses and the implications with the claims Regulation

September 20th-21st, 2012: 19th International Scientific EFLA Congress "From Agricultural to Food Law: The New Scenario"

March 26th, 2012: European Parliament's power to scrutinize European legislation

December 12th, 2011: EU Quality Package

June 6th, 2011:  Food products and information to the consumers. Please note that the articles and comments from the Joint EFLA-AEDA and Italian Association (AIDA-IFLA) workshop on the new European Regulation on Food Information, are now available online. They can be downloaded at AIDA-IFLA Italian Association of Food Law in No 2-2011 of the Rivista di diritto alimentare.

February 21st, 2011:  EU legal framework governing the relationship between retailers and producers

November 23rd, 2010: EU Food Additives