The overall objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on EU Rules applicable to the authorization and placing on the market of novel food and traditionnal foods coming from non-EU countries is to develop cooperation activities on novel food with non EU trade partners with a view to further raise awareness and contribute to a better understanding and more efficient use of existing EU rules applicable to the authorisation and placing on the EU market of novel food.


The  topics covered in the training programme are:

  • What is new on novel foods and on traditional foods from third countries
  • The EU legal framework applicable to Novel Foods and Traditional Food from third countries
  • The EU/National regulatory bodies involved in assessment and authorization of novel and Traditional foods
  • Article 4 requests
  • The major novel foods and traditional foods and their classification
  • Categorisation of novel and traditional foods
  • The Regulation 2015/2283
  • How to prepare a novel foods application
  • How to prepare a traditional foods notification and application
  • The outcome of a successful application
  • The differences between risk assessment (what EFSA actually does) and risk management (how the Member States and the Commission in the Novel Foods WG respond)
  • How to submit a dossier through the e-submission system
  • Labelling of Novel Foods

Target audience

This training programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the criteria before applying.

Officials from Competent Authorities in the beneficiary non-EU countries involved, preferably at central level, verifying compliance with rules applicable to placing novel foods and traditional foods on the EU market and from one of the following categories:

  • Decision/policy makers / senior officers from Food safety competent authorities 
  • Decision/policy makers / senior officers from Food export competent authorities 
  • Decision/policy makers / senior officers from Public Health competent authorities 
  • Senior officers from already existing national and/or regional networks on topics links to Novel Food

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 18/02/2020 21/02/2020 Bangkok Thailand
2 30/01/2023 02/02/2023 Amman Jordan
3 28/03/2023 31/03/2023 San José Costa Rica
4 25/04/2023 28/04/2023 Buenos Aires Argentina
5 30/05/2023 01/06/2023 Dakar Senegal
6 04/07/2023 06/07/2023 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
7 26/09/2023 29/09/2023 Beijing China
8 31/10/2023 03/11/2023 Delhi India
9 28/11/2023 01/12/2023 Chisinau Moldova