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12 Years of a Learning Process — What Has the HCR Brought?

Andreas Meisterernst, Bernd Haber

Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims (HCR) has been in force since 01 July 2007. Even before the regulation entered into force, the authors already presented the main features of the HCR in an essay in this journal. From the beginning we studied the implementation of this legal act as commentators. After the first one, three and five years applying the rules, short interim conclusions were drawn. The term “learning process” was adopted by a member of the European Commission who was involved in the genesis and implementation of the HCR. He aptly describes the implementation of the HCR as a journey into the unknown in its imperfection. After 12 years, the regulation has gradually outgrown its infancy, but is still in development — a good time for a review.

Andreas Meisterernst is a Qualified Lawyer, Certified Lawyer in Administrative Law, partner in the law firm Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte, Munich, lecturer for food law at the Technical University of Munich (TU). Dr Bernd Haber is a state-examined food chemist, Director Regulatory & External Affairs, Human Nutrition at BASF SE.


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