PATHWAY-27 Guidelines are now available

During the lifetime of the project we developed 3 Guidelines. 

The aim of Industry Guidelines is to provide food businesses, in particular SMEs, and their suppliers (material, knowledge and related services) a practical and comprehensive guidance on the development of products with health claims in an efficient way. This guide takes a step-by-step approach to following the complex tasks of the product development process focusing on the specific challenges, good practices and the typical pitfalls for developing and placing products with health claims onto the market in Europe.

The Scientific Guidelines help to understand and apply the relevant steps of the health claim substantiation process. These steps include: 1) thoroughly reviewing the published evidence concerning any putative beneficial physiological effect(s) of the food or food constituent of interest (e.g. a bioactive compound); and 2) correctly designing, conducting, interpreting, and reporting any necessary human dietary interventions. The guidance focuses on randomised controlled trials as they are the most rigorous type of interventions to investigate the claimed health effect of a specific food.

The guidelines presented here have been developed through consultation with PATHWAY-27 project partners to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing and reporting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) using bioactive-enriched foods (BEF).