New Belgian “BELFRIT” decree on botanicals applicable / by Joris Geelen

Belgium has published a new decree, updating the three lists of botanicals. These new lists are based those drafted in the so-called “BELFRIT” project, a close cooperation between Belgium, France and Italy to harmonize the legislation on botanicals in food supplements.

The number of plants authorized in food supplements in Belgium has increased significantly, from about 645 to more than 1000 plants. Consequently a considerable number of new conditions of use are now applicable. New maximum levels and mandatory warnings for about 250 plants will have to be taken into account when notifying food supplements.

As a transitional measure, foodstuffs that do not comply with the provisions of the new decree, but are conform with the provisions of the former decree, can still be placed on the market until February 20th of 2019. Therefore non-compliant products can not be sold until the end of the expiry date, after the transition period. They will have to be withdrawn from the market.

Royal Decree of 29 August 1997 concerning botanicals - Consolidated version (Dutch and French)