Food producers depend on enzyme manufacturers like Novozymes for a reliable supply that is fully compliant with regulatory systems globally. That is why Novozymes has been working on complying with FIAP, and Novozymes is proud to have submitted dossiers for FIAP - covering our existing food enzyme solutions as well as newly launched enzyme products - ahead of the March 11, 2015 deadline.
The Food Improvement Agents Package (FIAP) creates a harmonized regulatory system for food enzymes across the European Union.
FIAP applies to all food enzymes sold or used in Europe, including imported enzymes and enzymes used in imported enzyme-treated food.
The regulations have been in force since January 20, 2009 and reached a key milestone on March 11, 2015, the first deadline for food enzyme manufacturers to submit dossiers on all food enzymes currently sold or used in Europe. These submissions are required to ensure compliance of the enzyme industry and its customers when FIAP gets fully implemented in 2021.
The safety aspects of the dossiers is being assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The technological need and ensuring that a food enzyme does not mislead consumers is being assessed by the European Commission and Member States.
Based on the results of the assessments, the European Commission will draw up a list of food enzymes to be authorized. This list will become the first EU positive list of approved enzymes. The list is expected around 2021.
At this point, FIAP is fully implemented, and only authorized food enzymes that are on the positive list will be allowed to be commercialized and/or used in the production of food sold in the EU. Until then, national provisions apply.