Last reviewed 12 January 2021

In 2011, the then Department of Health issued a quick start guide to guidance on compliance with Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has now issued an updated version of the guide to take account of the fact that the UK has left the EU and is responsible for its own laws with regard to food safety.

The amended version of the quick guide is available, together with more detailed advice on the subject, at GOV.UK.

The DHSC states that the Government remains committed to promoting robust food standards nationally and internationally, to protect consumer interests and to ensure that consumers can have confidence in the food they buy.

The revised guidance is designed to help businesses to comply with the updated rules if they choose to make a nutrition or health claim on a food product. It also explains the requirements for authorisation of new claims.

The guidance draws attention to the fact that, from 1 January 2021, EU Regulations relating to nutrition have been retained under the powers contained within the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 as UK law.

Also from that date, the Nutrition (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and the Nutrition (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 transferred responsibilities from EU organisations involved in the risk assessment and risk management processes covered by nutrition legislation to bodies in Great Britain.

These UK Regulations also fixed problems that would otherwise have arisen in retaining Regulation (EC) 1924/2006.