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
Call for tenders for project leaders for the development of standardized methods for the analysis of mycotoxins in food (Mandate M/520)
Download the Call for Tenders for technical project leaders for development of European Standards for analysis of mycotoxines in food
Tenders can be sent by mail or e-mail to the secretary of CEN/TC 275/WG 5 "Biotoxins" Mr Marcel de Vreeze, P.O. Box 5059, 2600 GB, Delft, The Netherlands, (marcel.devreeze (at) nen.nl), as soon as possible, and at the latest by 2013-07-03.
Call for tender for Technical Project Leaders in the frame of 3 Mandates for development of standardized methods for the analysis of animal feedin area (M/521, M/522 and M/523)
- With mandate M/521 European Commission has asked CEN to develop 7 standardized methods for analysis of animal feed with a target date for adoption of the European Standards within 3 years.
- With mandate M/522 European Commission has asked CEN to develop 12 standardized methods for analysis of animal feed with a target date for adoption of the European Standards within 4 years.
- With mandate M/523 European Commission has asked CEN to develop 10 standardized methods for analysis of animal feed with a target date for adoption of the European Standards within 5 years.
Download the Call for Tenders for technical project leaders for development of European Standards for analysis of animal feed
To reply send all documents required in Tender Request (Annex A) and Tender Criteria (Annex B) to Mr. Frits van der Zweep (frits.vanderzweep (at) nen.nl), secretary of CEN/TC 327 at the latest by 26th of May 2013.
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/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
- European Food Safety Authority