CEN's activities in relation to food safety are in line with the European Union's objective to achieve the highest possible level of health protection for the consumers of Europe's food.
News & Events
NEW TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
In September CEN approved creation of a new Technical Committee - CEN/TC 429 - Project Committee 'Food hygiene - commercial dishwashers - hygiene requirements, testing' with a secretariat held by DIN, Germany. First meeting of this new committee will take place on 31st January 2014 in DIN Headquarters in Berlin.
4th CEN-JRC Workshop on Food Analysis
The fourth joint CEN-JRC Workshop on Food Analysis took place in CEN-CENELEC Meeting Centre on 14 March 2013 with a focus on "Challenges and future directions for standardisation".
- Overview of developments in food analysis standardisation (Roger Wood, FSA, retired)
- Legislative requirements for methods used in official food control (Frans Verstraete, EC, DG SANCO)
- Achievements in food analysis standardisation by CEN/TC 275 (Carola Seiler, CEN/TC 275 Secretary)
- Industry requirements for standardised food analysis methods (Jacqueline van der Wielen, Mars)
- Pathways to standards in the CEN system (Karolina Krzystek, CCMC)
Technical Bodies & Activities
To see the full list of published European Standards and CEN Technical Committees in the area of food click on the link below:
Ten European Standards for the detection of irradiated foodstuffs have been adopted as General CODEX Alimentarius methods.
A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
There is no Sector Forum in the area of Food safety.
European Legislation and Mandates
In 2002 the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC)178/2002 laying down the General Principles and requirements of Food Law. The aim of the General Food Law Regulation is to provide a framework to ensure a coherent approach in the development of food legislation.
Part of CEN activities in support of food safety are related Mandates received from the European Commission:
- M/381 Standardisation Mandate in the field of methods of analysis of foodstuffs concerning food hygiene
- M/422 Standardisation Mandate in the field of method of analysis for heavy metals ans iodine in food
- M/463 Standardisation Mandate in the field of method of analysis for food contaminants
- M/520 Standardizatio Mandate in the field of methods for the analysis of mycotoxins in food
- M/521 Mandate for methods of analysis in the field of animal nutrition – Part 1
- M/522 Mandate for methods of analysis in the field of animal nutrition – Part 2
- M/523 Mandate for methods of analysis in the field of animal nutrition – Part 3
Harmonised European Standards
European Regulations in the area of Food and Feed make reference to European Standards developed by CEN, these standards are however not 'harmonised' in the legal sense of 'New Approach' principle.
Useful links & Documents