Guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to gut and immune function

Inge Tetens

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) asked the Panel on Dietetic Products Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) to draft guidance on scientific requirements for health claims related to gut and immune function. This guidance has been drawn from scientific opinions of the NDA Panel on such health claims. Thus, this guidance document represents the views of the NDA Panel based on the experience gained to date with the evaluation of health claims in these areas. It is not intended that the document will include an exhaustive list of beneficial effects and studies/outcome measures which are acceptable. Rather, it presents examples drawn from evaluations already carried out to illustrate the approach of the Panel, as well as some examples which are currently under consideration within ongoing evaluations. A draft of this guidance document, endorsed by the NDA Panel on 10 September 2010, was subjected to public consultation (28 September 2010 to 22 October 2010), and was also discussed at a technical meeting with experts in the field on 2 December 2010 in Amsterdam.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2011
SeriesEFSA Journal

Bibliographical note

EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies


  • Health claims
  • Scientific requirements
  • Gut and immune

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