Ensuring safe food supplements in the EU

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2002/46/EC — food supplements

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS DIRECTIVE DO?

It harmonises rules on food supplements* to protect consumers from potential health risks and to ensure that they are not provided with misleading information.

KEY POINTS

In addition:

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It entered into force on 12 July 2002. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 31 July 2003.

BACKGROUND

KEY TERM

* Food supplements: concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with nutritional or physiological benefits to supplement a normal diet. They may be sold as capsules, lozenges, tablets and sachets or in bottles.

ACT

Directive 2002/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 June 2002 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to food supplements (OJ L 183, 12.7.2002, pp. 51-57)

Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 2002/46/EC have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control and repealing Council Directive 92/52/EEC, Commission Directives 96/8/EC, 1999/21/EC, 2006/125/EC and 2006/141/EC, Directive 2009/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Regulations (EC) No 41/2009 and (EC) No 953/2009 (OJ L 181, 29.6.2013, pp. 35-56)

Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods (OJ L 404, 30.12.2006, pp. 9-25). See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods (OJ L 404, 30.12.2006, pp. 26-38). See consolidated version.

last update 03.02.2016