The Council approved the change, which has largely amended the General Food Law Regulation, on 13 June. It is expected to become applicable across the EU by 31 March 2021.
However, part of the new law requires details of all risk assessment-related studies to be made public automatically once applications are validated.
“The legislation is supposed to address the perception that big food manufacturers are manipulating the system and the Commission is hoping it can restore public faith by allowing this open scrutiny,” said Hilary Ross, DWF head of food, retail and hospitality.
“In fact, by only allowing scientific research information to remain confidential in the most stringent of circumstances, it totally removes any incentive for innovative R&D.”
Ross also criticised the European Council for skipping an impact assessment of the new Regulation.