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Navigating Novel Food Regulation in EU

Cesare Varallo
Tuesday , 5th Dec 2023

In Europe, novel food refers to food or food ingredients that were not commonly consumed in the European Union before May 1997. The European Union has established a regulatory framework to ensure the safety and appropriate labelling of these novel foods. To bring a novel food to the EU market, food businesses must submit a comprehensive application to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) or the competent authority of a Member State. The application can be complex for those who have no experience in the EU market. 

To help you better understand the EU novel food regulations and applications, ChemLinked invited Mr Cesare Varallo to share his insights. This webinar will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to navigate the intricate EU novel food regulations and ensure a successful entry into one of the world's largest and most lucrative markets. 

Mr Cesare Varallo, a food lawyer with 10+ years of experience in this field, has a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and will provide you with practical insights to streamline the authorization process, ensure safety and compliance, and maximize your market potential in the European Union.


  • The presentation slides and recording video will be uploaded to this webpage after the webinar;

  • If you can't attend the live webinar, register anyway and we will send you the webinar materials as soon as they're available.


Key Topics Cover:
Understanding Novel Foods: Learn what constitutes a "novel food" in the EU and discover how it differs from "traditional foods from third countries".
Regulatory Framework: Gain an in-depth understanding of the EU's novel food regulation framework.
Authorization Process: Explore the step-by-step process for obtaining authorization to market your innovative ingredients and traditional foods in the EU, through the different approval paths.
Market Opportunities: Identify key opportunities and market trends in the EU for your unique products.
Q&A Session: Ask your questions and seek expert guidance on specific challenges or concerns related to accessing the EU market.

  • Food Lawyer & Founder of & Co-Founder of Food Orbit Experts
    With over 10 years of experience as a food lawyer and global advisor, Cesare Varallo helps food and retail clients navigate the complex and evolving landscape of food safety, food labeling, food fraud prevention, and food regulatory issues. As a lawyer, he is a partner at LegisLAB, a law firm that innovates the legal profession in regulated markets, and he leads a hybrid team of lawyers and technical experts. He is also co-founder of Food-Orbit, where he collaborates with international partners, to provide multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdiction solutions for more than 90 countries in the world, and he is a shareholder in several other companies, like Iseven Servizi (auditing/inspection) and Celerya (data management and traceability). He teaches at several universities (IFLR at Michigan State University, LUISS, Alma Mater) and he is a well-recognized speaker and thought leader. He daily shares his knowledge on the blog he founded,, and on all the major social media platforms, advancing his mission to make science, law, business, tech, and social sciences speak together.