april, 2023

thu20apr10:0017:30EHPM Conference on Quality & Safety in Food Supplements: from Farm to Fork10:00 - 17:30 CEST Sofitel Brussels Europe


Event Details

TITLE: EHPM Conference on Quality & Safety in Food Supplements: from Farm to Fork

WHEN: Thursday, 20 April 2023 from 10:00 to 17:30 (CEST). Registrations and welcome coffee from 9:30.

WHERE: Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels

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Registrations are closed!




Quality and safety are closely interlinked and are the main aspects that a food business operator must take into account when developing, producing, and marketing a product. Quality, in fact, is not an ingredient that can be added somewhere through the production process, but quality standards should be there from the very beginning and should be constantly present at any stage of the production process, from the selection of the raw materials to the post-market stage: “from Farm to Fork”, which is the name of the European strategy at the core of the European Green Deal, aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.

During this event, EHPM will outline its proactive approach to support the sector and officially launch and present the 3rd edition of its Quality Guide for food supplements. Initially developed in 2007, this publication is the first ever pan-European Quality Guide to help FBOs comply with EU laws and ensure the production of high-quality products. This third edition of the EHPM Quality Guide updates the overall quality requirements for food supplements and, importantly, incorporates a greatly enhanced section on the production of botanical food supplements, which have a rich history of safe use in Europe.

The conference will feature guest speakers from DG SANTE officials (Units A.1 & E.2) and experts from the industry. This will be an opportunity for the participants to discuss the main regulatory developments for food supplements in Europe and to engage in a debate with the Commission, the industry and EU Stakeholders.




9:30-10:00 – Registration and welcome coffee


MORNING SESSION (10:00-13:15)


10:00-10:05 – Welcome by Livia Menichetti, EHPM Director General

10:05-10:15 – “Figures and trends of the European food supplements market by Thomas Lochot, Client & Pharmacy Consulting Services Lead from IQVIA

10:15-10:30 – “EHPM activities and commitments” by Livia Menichetti, EHPM Director General

10:30-11:00 – “State of play of the food supplements dossiers: the European perspective” by Stephanie Bodenbach, Team Leader DG SANTE A.1 of the European Commission

11:00-11:45 – “Launch of the 3rd edition of the EHPM Quality Guide” by Martin Last (HFMA), Jonathan Griffith (IHTA) and Penelope Viner (HFMA), EHPM Working Groups Chairs and Vice-Chair

11:45-12:00 – Coffee break

12:00-12:15 – “An overview of food supplement control in the Republic of Ireland”: video message from Faye Clarke, Technical Executive, Environmental Health (Supplements), Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

12:15-12:45 – “Quality guides : a practical approach to safety, compliance and quality” by Fréderique Henderickx, Business Unit Director, Normec Foodcare

12:45-13:15 – “The EHPM approach on the post-marketing vigilance of food supplements” by Antonino Santoro (Integratori & Salute), EHPM Chair

13:15-14:30 – Networking lunch




14:30-15:00 – “The Novel Food Regulation: the European perspective and major developments” by Rafael Pérez Berbejal, Team Leader, and Stella D’Amore, Policy Officer DG SANTE E.2 of the European Commission

15:00-15:30 – “EHPM Novel Foods Task Force: ongoing work and next steps” by Magdalini Selanikli (SESDI), EHPM Task Force Chair

15:30-15:45 – Coffee break

15:45-16:45 – Round Table: “From policy making to product making”

– Moderator: Claire Guignier, Public Affairs and Communications Manager (SYNADIET)

Rafael Pérez Berbejal and Stella D’Amore, DG SANTE E.2 of the European Commission

Antonino Santoro (Integratori & Salute), EHPM Chair

Magdalini Selanikli (SESDI), EHPM Novel Foods Task Force Chair

Nicolas Cappelaere, Laboratoires INELDEA

16:45-17:15 – Q&A and Closing Remarks by Livia Menichetti, EHPM Director General



Should you need any further information or assistance, please contact us at info@ehpm.org .

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels!


(Thursday) 10:00 - 17:30 CEST


Sofitel Brussels Europe

Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels