The Secretariat of IPIFF is recruiting a Trainee in EU Public Affairs (m/f)

Do you have background/experience in agronomy, food or animal science? Are you keen on gaining valuable experience in the area of public affairs and work for an innovative & dynamic sector at European level? 


How to apply

Please send your application (CV + motivation letter in English) to Mr Christophe Derrien by e-mail (please use the following email address Christophe.derrien@ipiff.org) by 05 July 2018



IPIFF Novel Food Guidelines 

28th May 2018: The EU insect platform publishes guidelines to help producers prepare novel food applications 

IPIFF published today a package of guideline documents aiming to assist insect producers in preparing novel food applications. Under the ‘new’ EU novel food legislation (i.e. Regulation 2015/2283), insects intended for human consumption in Europe must indeed be authorized by the EU institutions, on the basis of an application dossier prepared by the producer(s).

The above package is composed of 4 documents:
  • Summary guidelines, which outline the different administrative steps to be followed by insect producers intending to submit a novel food application;
  • A briefing legal paper containing an in-depth analysis of the provisions of the ‘new’ novel food legislation that are relevant for insect producers;
  • A summary scientific report outlining approaches to addressing data requirements for novel food applications;
  • A database of publicly available studies that are relevant to the safety of insects for human consumption. 

For further information about the full scientific report and the database of publicly available studies, please contact the IPIFF secretariat



IPIFF's Highlight 

Horizon 2020 Work Programme from 2018 to 2020 - New opportunities for the insect sector. 

Spanning seven years (2014 - 2020) and with a budget of €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme ever. In October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.

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In particular, under the project "LC-SFS-17-2019: Alternative proteins for food and feed" the European Commission will grant EUR 8 million to identify and assess new or alternative protein sources for food and/or feed and develop efficient production and processing approaches to convert & integrate them into high quality, safe, healthy, and sustainable products or ingredients. 

Should you need more information on how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by H2020 funds related to the insect sector, contact christophe.derrien@ipiff.org.

Please find more info on the European Commission's website.

European insect producers welcome the publication of the novel food implementing rules. 

Brussels, 24 July 2017

IPIFF - the European umbrella Organisation representing the interests of the Insect Production sector for Food and Feed –  welcomed the publication by the European Commission of a ‘package’ of proposals setting out the detailed requirements for the EU ‘novel food’ legislation. The insect producers’ federation now pleads for a rapid adoption of these new rules.  

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This move came after the European Council and the Parliament adopted, in November 2015, a new EU Regulation - i.e. Regulation 2015/2283 - reviewing the current EU legislation on ‘novel foods’ .

Reacting to the publication of these proposals, the IPIFF President Antoine Hubert said: ‘These EU legal texts had been awaited for a long time: so we are pleased with the move made by the European Commission. Bearing in mind that the new EU ‘novel food’ legislation will take effect as from 1 January 2018, insect producers were missing these legal texts to able to complete their application dossier. That’s why we ask the EU Executive to take all necessary steps to ensure that these texts will be rapidly adopted’.

For further information about this Regulation and its consequences for the insect production sector, please contact the IPIFF Secretariat.

European insect producers welcome the new EU legislation authorising the use of insects’ proteins in aquaculture

Brussels, 1 July 2017

IPIFF welcomes the entry into force of EU Regulation 2017/893which permits the use of insect proteins as fish feed.
The unlocking of this EU legislation comes after EU Member States voted a proposal presented by the European Commission in December last year. In the meantime, IPIFF and its members are engaged in the development of a guidance paper documenting best practice in quality and hygienic insect production as a means to assist producers in implementing the newly adopted legislation.

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This authorisation is limited to a list of 7 species (i.e. Black Soldier Fly, Common Housefly, Yellow Mealworm, Lesser Mealworm, House Cricket, Banded Cricket and Field Cricket), which should have been fed with ‘feed grade’ substrates (i.e. vegetal origin materials or with a limited number of animal origin materials, incl. fishmeal, blood products from non-ruminants, egg and eggs products, milk and milk based products, honey, rendered fats).

IPIFF President Antoine Hubert commented: “IPIFF and its members are particularly pleased with the opening of this legislation. In our view, it constitutes a major milestone towards the development of the European insect production sector”.

For further information about this Regulation and its consequences for the insect production sector, please contact the IPIFF Secretariat.

IPIFF delegation meets the EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety.

On Tuesday 25 April, a delegation composed by Members of the IPIFF Executive Committee & the Secretariat had a bilateral meeting with the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. The main objective of the meeting was to present the IPIFF association and to give him an insight into the insect production sector. This meeting also offered the opportunity to discuss main EU legislative developments impacting the sector.

From left to right - Mr. Derrien (IPIFF Secretary General), Ms. De Bruin (CEO of Proti-Farm & IPIFF 2nd Vice-President), Mr. Andriukaitis (European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety); Mr. Hubert (CEO of Ynsect & IPIFF President), Mr. Arsiwalla, (Founder of Protix & IPIFF Vice-President).

The European Commission welcomed the steady development of the insects sector and believed that insects offer solutions to the challenges presented by global population growth and increase in protein demand.

The EU Commissioner and the attending officials also offered their assistance to help producers make full use of the business opportunities emerging from the EU regulatory framework for food & feed. 

IPPIF General Assembly

28 May 2018, Madrid

IPIFF General Assembly, 28th May 2018

At its last General Assembly meeting held on 28 May 2018 (Madrid),  IPIFF elected a new Board and unveiled its plan of actions for next months 

Looking ahead, the IPIFF President explained that IPIFF will pursue its advocacy activities towards the widening of the regulatory possibilities for using insect proteins by EU livestock farmers, while exploring - through research - potential alternative substrates for insect farming in the future.

Antoine Hubert (President), Bastien Rabastens, Jonathan Koppert, Tarique Arsiwalla
Adriana Casillas (Vice President), Clement Soulier, Heinrich Katz (Treasurer), Lars-Henrick Lau Heckmann.


Events & Meetings


21 November 2017

IPIFF International Conference

Gathered in Brussels for the IPIFF 2017 International Conference, more than 250 participants, including EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Parliament and Estonian Presidency representatives, as well as delegates ranging from insect producers, policy makers, scientists, NGOs and agri-food industry, recalled the potential lying in insects for food and feed. Furthermore, the event raised awareness about the opportunities for insect producers in a European context.





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