To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he plans to take to secure the addition to the schedules to the Food Supplements (England) Regulations prior to July 2005 of each nutrient or nutrient source permitted for sale on the UK market but omitted from the list of nutrients permitted for use in food supplements under the provisions of the Regulations.
The lists of permitted nutrients and nutrient sources in the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 can be extended if additions are made to the permitted lists in the annexes to the Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC on which the Regulations are based. These annexes remain open pending safety assessment of additional substances. Industry is currently working to compile safety dossiers for some of the substances currently omitted from the Annexes.
The Food Standards Agency, in recognition of the difficulties associated with dossier production, and the time-scale for dossier submission, is pressing the European Food Safety Authority for an urgent, substantive meeting with relevant parties to discuss dossier requirements.