European Union: EU Transparency Regulation Enters Into Force
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On March 27, 2021, the EU’s Transparency Regulation (2019/1381) went into force. The Regulation intends to enhance transparency of risk assessment in the food chain by increasing the independence of scientific studies, strengthening the governance of the European Food Safety Authority, and developing comprehensive risk communication. This Regulation amends the General Food Law and impacts eight sectoral legislative acts across the agri-food industry. To improve transparency, the Regulation also allows the public disclosure of scientific information and studies early in the risk assessment process, a significant confidential business information concern of U.S. companies registering products in the EU.