REC Webinar: Spotlight on EU Food Regulations

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Monday, 27 February 2023 (6:00 PM) - Monday, 27 February 2023 (7:30 PM) Central European Time (CET)

This webcast will cover the regulatory landscape, novel food regulation, and BREXIT implications for the regulation of health claims.

The introduction of new and innovative foods and food supplements is key to transforming the EU’s food system, particularly around developing healthier, more-sustainable foods. Understanding the regulatory opportunities and challenges accompanying innovation will ensure market-entry success.


€0 member | €25 nonmember

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should:

  • Appreciate the regulatory challenges facing EU and UK food and food supplement market entrants
  • Understand how the EU defines novel foods and health claims and the related implications for CBD-based foods
  • Describe how Brexit has affected health-claim authorization in UK

Learning Level

Basic: Content is introductory in nature and requires no requisite knowledge or experience to grasp concepts and related exercises. Basic educational activities are meant to establish a foundation of knowledge and/or competence that will be expanded upon in practice or in higher level activities.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals interested in food/food supplement introduction to the EU/UK and general interested in regulatory convergence.


John O’Brien

John O’Brien
Founder and Director, The Food Observatory, UK

Professor John O’Brien is Founder and Director of The Food Observatory, UK. He is a former CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and former Deputy Head of the Nestle Research Centre where he led the Food Safety and Integrity Research Programme. His experience spans the international food industry from senior leadership positions in Groupe Danone (France) and Nestlé (Switzerland) to various consultancy and advisory projects in UK, Ireland, Europe, Japan and USA. He has held lectureships at University College, Cork and the University of Surrey. He is Editor of Trends in Food Science & Technology, one of the leading journals in food science.

O’Brien holds/has held non-executive directorships of several scientific and technical organisations including the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) (Washington), Institute for Food Safety & Health at Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), ILSI Europe (Brussels, as Chair), and Campden BRI (UK)(currently deputy chair), Feeding Tomorrow (USA), and the Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK). He is currently a member of the Science Council of the Food Standards Agency (UK), where he recently chaired a Working Group on Global Food System Risks, and is a Visiting Professor and Chair of the Advisory Board at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food & Health (NICHE) at Ulster University. He has a PhD in Food Chemistry (University College, Cork) and an MSc in Toxicology with Distinction (University of Surrey).

Hans Verhagen

Hans Verhagen
Owner and Founder, Food Safety & Nutrition Consultancy, Netherlands

From 1990-2000 he worked at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute in Zeist (Netherlands). From 2000-2005 he worked for Unilever in Vlaardingen (Netherlands). Since May 2005 he was employed at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, Netherlands(, from 2005-2012 as Head of the Centre for Nutrition and Health, from 2013-2015 as Senior Scientific Adviser ‘Nutrition and Food Safety’. From 1999- 2004 he was editor-in-chief of “Food & Chemical Toxicology” from 2011–2015 he was Chief Editor of the “European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety.” Since November 2015, he was working at the European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy from 2015 – 2018 as head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department, from 2018-2020 as Senior Scientific Officer.

Hans Verhagen is a board-certified toxicologist (since 1990) and a board-certified nutritionist (since 2005). From 2006-2015 he was a member of the EFSA-NDA panel. Since November 2009 he is a visiting professor at the University of Ulster. From January 2021, he is also a visiting professor at the Technical University of Denmark. From November 2020, he is the owner and founder of Food Safety & Nutrition Consultancy, Netherlands.

Alison Gallagher

Alison Gallagher
Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Head of Doctoral College, University of Ulster, UK

• Alison Gallagher is Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Head of Doctoral College at Ulster University and contributes to the research conducted within the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster ( Her research interests resonate within the area of obesity and include low-energy/non-nutritive sweeteners and their potential impact on health, physical activity and health (including implementation of lifestyle interventions at key stages across the lifecycle).

• Alison completed her BSc Hons Human Nutrition and PhD at Ulster. She is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), Fellow of the Association of Nutrition (FAfN), and is an active member of the Nutrition Society, currently she is Chair of the Nutrition Society’s Irish Section and Editor-in-Chief for Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. She is a passionate advocate for the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP; and is the current is also the Chair/President of the ENLP Board.

• Alison is a member of the UK Nutrition Health Claims Committee (UKNHCC;, a committee of independent experts set up to provide scientific advice to the UK government on the substantiation of scientific evidence underpinning nutrition and health claim applications.


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Proof of Attendance

A certificate of attendance can be downloaded from the RAPS Learning Portal following the event. 


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