Food & beverages

Big day for legal cannabis in France: ANSM endorses medical cannabis pilot and launch of cannabis Parliamentary Mission

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Today is a big day for legal cannabis in France.  Earlier this morning, the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) endorsed the medical cannabis pilot programme per the recommendations of the French specialised committee on cannabis (CSST) which were published on 28 June (see our earlier blog post: “French cannabis committee Read More

Medical cannabis in France: Latest state of play

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Following the penultimate meeting of the specialised committee on cannabis (CSST) established by the French National Agency of Medicine and Health Products Safety (ANSM) (see our previous blog posts “French ANSM temporary scientific committee pursues activities on modalities of medical cannabis availability” and “French ANSM recommends medical use of cannabis under certain conditions“), the French Senate Read More

EU agriculture ministers want to exclude crops created by targeted mutation methods from EU GMO legislation

Sophie ten Bosch

At the latest meeting of EU agriculture ministers, and following a report by the Danish Council of Ethics, 14 EU member states, led by the Netherlands and Estonia, called for the European Commission to re-evaluate the EU’s stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in particular those created by new plant breeding techniques. In a ruling Read More

The Netherlands: New borderline products advisory group established

Iradj Nazaryar

On 9 July 2018, the establishment of the new Advisory Group on the Determination of the Status of Borderline Products was published in the Dutch Government Gazette. The Advisory Group consists of expert representatives from the Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, the Medicines Evaluation Board and the Central Committee Read More

European Commission clarifies framework applicable to food for special medical purposes

Eveline Van Keymeulen

The European Commission recently published a Notice on the classification of Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) that provides guidance to companies and national regulators on the legal framework applicable to FSMP and on the criteria that are required to classify a product as a FSMP (Notice). The Notice confirms that FSMP is in principle food Read More