IPIFF Publications

IPIFF Contribution – Commitment of the European insect sector towards more resilient and sustainable food supply systems

Date: 09 April 2020

The well-functioning of our food supply systems is essential to ensure food security for affected populations around the globe during times of crisis. Alike for many other food sectors, the COVID-19 pandemic poses numerous challenges to insect producers in Europe and around the globe. Exclusively composed of SMEs and ‘newly established’ businesses, the insect sector is, indeed, facing important disruptions as a consequence of this unprecedented crisis.

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Position Paper – The contribution of the European insect sector to improving sustainability from ‘Farm to Fork’

Date: 18 February 2020

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed – IPIFF – the Brussels-based umbrella organisation representing stakeholders active across the insect production value chains publishes today a ‘Position Paper‘ entitled ‘The Contribution of the European Insect Sector to Improving Sustainability from Farm to Fork‘.

Download the IPIFF Position Paper on the ‘Farm to Fork’.

Contribution Paper – The application of insect frass as fertilising product in agriculture

Date: 19 September 2019

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed – the European association representing the stakeholders involved in the production of insects – is publishing today its ‘Contribution Paper on the application of insect frass as fertilising product in agriculture, a document which presents the position of the umbrella association as part of its strategy to expand the circularity potential of insect production.

Download the IPIFF contribution on insect frass application as fertilising product.

Updated Briefing Paper – The provisions relevant to the commercialization of insect-based products intended for human consumption in the EU

Date: 13 August 2019

This updated version of the briefing paper published in May 2018 elaborates on the procedures related to the authorisation of a novel food (namely the transitional measure), but also on the role of the European authority in charge of risk assessment throughout the food chain – the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Furthermore, it also addresses potential scenarios for FBOs during the transitional period and steps following the authorisation of a novel food application (data protected/non-data protected).To this end, the Briefing paper includes up-to-date information on the EFSA Administrative Guidance, improving the overall understanding of current and prospective applicants with regards to the criteria necessary for a comprehensive application (the completeness checklist has to be fulfilled) and the factors which could influence the estimated timeframe – such as the ‘stop-the-clock’ procedure.

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Contribution Paper – EU organic certification of insect production activities

Date: 29 March 2019

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF), the focal point of the European insect production sector in Brussels, warmly welcomes the latest developments in the field of organic certification of insect production activities.

 Download our contribution paper on the EU organic certification of insect production activities.

Position Paper – The revision of EU food hygiene legislation and import rules for insects as food

Date: 5 November 2018

As EU umbrella organisation for the insect production sector, IPIFF welcomes the establishment of harmonised rules to spell out hygiene requirements and EU import conditions for food insect products.

Download our position paper on the revision of the EU food hygiene rules & imports of insects.

Contribution Paper – The development of a European Protein Plan

Date: 28 September 2018

The present document explains how in her view the insect sector may contribute to respond to the challenge of the EU protein deficit (see chapter 1) and sets a series of general recommendations for the EU protein plan along that line (see chapter 2).

 Download our IPIFF contribution paper on the development of a European Protein Plan. 

Briefing Paper – The provisions relevant to the commercialization of insect-based products intended for human consumption in the EU

Please note that, as of August 2019, this version is obsolete. To have access to the updated version, please check the Updated Briefing Paper above, or download it using this link.

Date: 25 May 2018

This briefing paper sets out the administrative steps to be followed by insect producers intending to submit an application for authorisation of an insect/ insect product as novel food within the European Union. It is intended to be used as a practical guide to the EU legislative texts that are applicable to their activities, namely Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods and its implementing measures (see section I.1 for further information).

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Summary Guidelines – The provisions relevant to the commercialization of insect-based products intended for human consumption in the EU

Please note that, as of August 2019, this document is obsolete. To have access to the updated version, please check the Updated Briefing Paper above, or download it using this link.

Date: 25 May 2018

These Summary Guidelines are intended to provide an overview of the administrative steps to be followed by insect producers intending to submit an application for authorisation within the European Union, in accordance with this legislation. This document also includes information on the notification procedure applying to traditional foods from third countries, however, it does not specifically address all procedural steps associated with this specific regulatory path.

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Possible approaches to addressing data requirements for novel food applications for insects and insect-derived products in the EU

Date: 16 May 2018

The present document has been prepared for the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) in relation to the regulatory requirements including risk assessment of insects intended for human consumption in the European Union (EU). This document provides an overview of the main aspects that should be considered when preparing an application for the authorisation of insects for human consumption under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods.

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Position Paper – The use insect proteins as animal feed

Date: 26 July 2017

IPIFF believes that insects will soon constitute a reliable alternative or addition to fishmeal feed formulae for aquaculture: insect nutritional characteristics (e.g. protein content, amino acid profile and/or digestibility levels) are indeed comparable to those of fishmeal products, making them a pertinent substitute or addition in the diet of certain fish species (e.g. trout or Atlantic Salmon) or shellfish (e.g. shrimps).

Download our position paper on the use of insect proteins in animal feed.

Position Paper – Implementation of EU Regulation 2015/2283 on ‘novel foods’

Date: 29 November 2016

IPIFF considers that the establishment of harmonized rules for the marketing of insect products is a ‘step in the right direction’: while insects have the potential to become a major source of protein in Europe, insect producers primarily rely on a ‘solid’ and ‘stable’ EU regulatory framework to plan their investment marketing activities throughout the continent.

Download our position paper on the implementation of EU NF regulation.

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