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  • BOTANICALS: LEGAL FOR USE IN FOODS? DOES ONE SIZE FIT ALL?

    27th May 2016

    There has been a lot of discussion in the regulatory and legal consultancy markets about the free movement of botanicals across the 28 Member States or lack thereof. The goal of this article is to provide some practical context to the limitations of a “one size” fits all approach to the legal assessment and regulatory guidance on the use of  botanicals (plant preparations) in a foods/food supplements.

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  • The folly of the 'Medical Device' loophole for health claims!

    14th December 2015

    The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) EC 1924/2006 has been considered as being overly restrictive to the sale of foods and related claims due to the complex and expensive process to authorise health claims. As such it has been proposed that Directive 93/42/EE on medical devices (Herein MDD) (The Medical Devices Regulations 2002, under UK law) offers a cheep and effective alternative to escape such rules. But does it? What are the risks?

    According to Article 1 of the MDD…
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