On 1 January 2018, Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283 on novel food, replacing the current rules adopted in 1997, will come into application. This new Regulation will introduce a simpler, clearer and more efficient authorisation procedure, fully centralised at EU level. This should enable safe and innovative food to be placed on the EU market faster without compromising a high level of public health.

The new Regulation clarifies that whole animals, such as whole insects, if not consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU prior to 1997, fall under the definition of novel food. Parts of insects (such as legs, wings, head, etc.) are also considered as novel food.

In cooperation with the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thai Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) of the Ministry of Public Health and the Khon Kaen University (KKU), the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand will organise a public conference in Bangkok on 26 October 2016, and a workshop in Khon Kaen on 27 October 2016, on “The EU Novel Food Regulation and the Special Case of Insects”.

These activities aim to establish a common understanding of the relevant legislation applicable to novel food, both in the EU and in Thailand. The programme will support the subsistence costs of 150 participants mainly from the private sector but also from ACFS, FDA and other relevant Thai authorities. The presentations will be made in English and simultaneously translated in Thai.