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PATHWAY-27 Workshops on ‘Guidelines for the Substantiation of Health Claims on Bioactive Enriched Foods’

PATHWAY-27 Workshops on ‘Guidelines for the Substantiation of Health Claims on Bioactive Enriched Foods’
Brussels, Belgium
21/09/2017 – 22/09/2017
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels, Belgium

About PATHWAY-27
Pivotal Assessment of the Effects of Bioactives on the Health and Wellbeing. From Human Genoma to Food Industry (PATHWAY-27) is a 5-year research project funded under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. The PATHWAY-27 consortium consists of 25 partner organisations, coordinated by the University of Bologna. The consortium studies three bioactives (docosahexaenoic acid, beta-glucan, and anthocyanins) incorporated into three different widely consumed food matrices (dairy-, bakery-, egg products). The overall objective of PATHWAY-27 is to determine the impact of these bioactive-enriched foods on physiologically-relevant endpoints related to Metabolic Syndrome risk and deliver a better understanding of the role and mechanisms of action of the bioactive-enriched foods.

Background
Since the adoption of the Regulation on nutrition and health claims by the European Commission in 2006, companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in particular, have faced scientific, legal, administrative and financial difficulties when trying to build a health claim dossier. Guidance for stakeholders more specifically interested in health claims relating to bioactive compounds and bioactive-enriched foods would be helpful. As part of its work programme, the PATHWAY-27 consortium has developed two guidance papers:

The ‘Scientific Guidelines’ highlight best practices when designing and running randomised controlled intervention trials, which aim to demonstrate the claimed effect and are a requirement of health claim dossiers.

  •  The ‘Scientific Guidelines’ highlight best practices when designing and running randomised controlled intervention trials, which aim to demonstrate the claimed effect and are a requirement of health claim dossiers.
  • The ‘Industry Guidelines’ are intended as a practical guide from product development to the submission of a health claim dossier.

Workshop 1 will focus on the ‘Scientific Guidelines’ on 21st September 2017
Workshop 2 will focus on the ‘Industry Guidelines’ on 22nd September 2017

Objectives
In parallel working groups, experts will actively review, help refine and provide feedback on the guidance papers.

Expected Outcomes
The outcomes of the workshops will be final guidance papers to support the scientific substantiation of health claims and support the food industry (in particular SMEs) in producing health-promoting foods and in submitting convincing health claim dossiers. These final guidance papers will be published at the end of 2017.

Organising Committee
• Dr Alessandra Bordoni, University of Bologna (IT)
• Ms Zsófia Kertész, CBHU (HU)
• Dr Cyril Marsaux, ILSI Europe (BE)
• Dr András Sebók, CBHU (HU)
• Dr Stefan Storcksdieck, EC-JRC (IT)
• Dr Stéphane Vidry, ILSI Europe (BE)

Programme
For Workshop 1 ‘Guidance Paper for the Scientific Community’, the flyer including the programme is available here.
For Workshop 2 ‘Guidance Paper for the Industry/SMEs’, the flyer including the programme is available here.

Venue and Accommodation
The event will take place at:
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
Avenue du Boulevard 17
BE – 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 205 15 11
Email: brusselscitycentre@thonhotels.be

Located next to Place Rogier and the Botanical Gardens, the hotel is within walking distance of Bruxelles-Nord station with daily departures to and from Brussels Airport, and connection to Bruxelles-Midi via the Eurostar and Thalys. The hotel has express check-in / check-out kiosks and a fitness club with sauna, in addition to a parking garage.

A number of standard guest rooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre where the workshop will take place.
Standard Room EUR119.24
Luxury Room EUR139.24

Cancellation policy
All cancellations of hotel reservations should be made in writing to Ms Ruth Marquet at rmarquet@ilsieurope.be. For cancellations received after 1 September 2017, the hotel is entitled to charge the full stay. Substitutions of hotel reservations are possible and should be made in writing.

Registration
Attendance to the workshop is open to PATHWAY-27 partners or otherwise upon invitation only. Requests to attend should be addressed to Dr Stefan Storcksdieck (stefan.storcksdieck@ec.europa.eu) or Dr Cyril Marsaux (cmarsaux@ilsieurope.be).
Deadline for registration: 25 August 2017
Registration covers:

  • Admission to the workshop
  • Workshop booklet
  • Buffet lunch and refreshments served during the workshop
  • Welcome dinner on 20 September (for workshop 1) or on 21 September 2017 (for workshop 2)

Registrations and hotel reservations should be made before 25 August 2017. Requests of registrations and hotel reservations received after 25 August 2017 are subject to availability.