Regulatory Insight Reports

New membership benefit for 2024

In response to our members feedback we’re introducing Leatherhead’s Regulatory Insight Reports. These reports provide detailed regulatory insight across a minimum of 30 markets. Each year, we will review the subjects covered, considering the dynamism of regulations in specific areas and if there is notable activity, we'll update the reports accordingly.

Front-of-Pack Nutritional Labelling: Compliance, Divergence & Developments

Expected release: April 2024

Front-Of-Pack Nutritional Labelling (FOPNL) informs consumers on the nutritional content of their purchases to encourage healthier choices.

Lack of harmonisation on FOPNL types (e.g. traffic light, nutrient profile, warning logos), as well as products in scope, thresholds for nutrients which trigger warning logos, logo colours and so on create complexity. Leatherhead’s report summarises and compares current technical requirements for FOPNL, and anticipates future developments. It offers clarity and insight to enhance product development and reformulation strategies.

This report will help you:

  • Understand the diverse FOPNL requirements across a minimum of 30 markets
  • Enhance comprehension of where mandatory versus voluntary FOPNL is required
  • Gain insights into discussions and proposals for the future of FOPNL


Alcoholic Beverage Industry: Regulatory Compliance and Labelling Obligations

Expected release: June 2024

Our ‘Alcoholic Beverage Industry’ report aids Food & Beverage companies in understanding international labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages across a minimum of 30 markets.

With a heightened consumer demand for product transparency, markets are increasingly mandating ingredients lists, nutrition facts, and alcohol-related warning signs/logos. This report offers an overview of global provisions, informing your company’s marketing strategies and market entry decisions.

This report will help you:

  • Identify markets with mandatory warning signs/logos as well as upcoming developments in this area
  • Facilitate effective adaption to diverse regulatory landscapes
  • Provide essential information on ingredient lists and nutrition details


Precision Fermentation: Regulatory Status for Permissibility and Labelling

Expected release: July 2024

Precision fermentation is a nascent technology, but a potential disruptor within the global ingredient, food & beverage industry; it is gaining enormous interest for its promising role in development of new ingredients and products.

This report will offer a scientific overview of the technology, as well as its potentials and benefits; its role within the global food supply chain will be highlighted in terms of environmental and nutritional sustainability. In addition, a regulatory overview of pre-market approval processes and regulatory labelling requirements for ingredients and products utilizing precision fermentation technology across key markets will be provided, highlighting the harmonisations and divergences of national discussions and regulations. For instance, regulatory approval processes vary globally, with the US employing the GRAS Notification Program resulting in several approved ingredients. In contrast, the EU’s approach is more stringent, requiring authorisation under the Novel Foods Framework or the Genetic Modification Framework.

This report will help you:

  • Gain a scientific insight into the precision fermentation technology, and its benefits
  • Understand the varied pre-market approval processes across different markets
  • Have a global overview on regulatory labelling requirements for precision-fermented ingredients and products containing these ingredients
  • Mitigate risks of non-compliance and product recalls, when designing roadmaps for market entry plans


Allergen Declaration: Regulatory Compliance in Food Labelling

Expected release: September 2024

This report outlines international regulatory requirements for allergen declaration across a minimum of 30 markets.

Allergen labelling is the main safety component of food labelling, so it is crucial that manufacturers are able to identify food allergens to ensure food is manufactured and labelled appropriately. However, as individual countries establish and update their own requirements for allergen declaration it gives rise to differences in what is considered an allergen and what is not.

This report will help you:

  • Know what are considered food allergens in international markets
  • Have clarity on mandatory labelling requirements
  • Mitigate any potential non-compliance risks


Recycling Logos and Symbols: Compliance and Divergence

Expected release: November 2024

This report provides technical guidance on utilising recycling information logos and symbols across major international markets.

With a global emphasis on sustainability, stakeholders, governments and manufacturers are increasingly providing recycling packaging information, leading to a surge in voluntary and mandatory recycling schemes in the past 5 years.

However, there is currently little global harmonisation on the types of recycling logos/ symbols used, causing customer confusion; even EU countries use contrasting recycling schemes.

This report will help you:

  • Understand the diverse logo schemes across a minimum of 30 markets
  • Enhance comprehension of mandatory and voluntary logos required
  • Improve visibility of developments in this space


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