The Voice of Specialty Food Ingredients Producers in Europe

The Federation of European Specialty Food Ingredients Industries (ELC) combines credible science and trusted experts to provide cutting edge information to the public and policy makers about the many health and functional benefits relating to specialty food ingredients.  At the forefront of this dynamic industry for more than 30 years, the ELC is dedicated to creating a positive EU regulatory environment to help foster innovation. The ELC is the preferred partner of the speciality food ingredient industry.

 See ELC position in the food value chain here (select HD in Youtube settings)

2016-08ELC explains How to Become a Codex Hero !

Codex may be a synonym for complex but the ELC is here to help out ! Our working group has prepared a brochure to guide its members, or any Observer wishing to enter the CCFA arena, through the Codex maze.


Brussels, 24th June 2016: At a workshop in Brussels held today, ELC brought together policymakers and industry experts to discuss How Can Regulators and Industry Meet the EU Food Innovation Challenge? The event saw the first public presentation of an ELC-commissioned economic impact assessment setting out...

2016-06Commission’s roadmap for the risk management of re-evaluated food additives

According to the EU legislation, all food additives that were authorised in the EU before 20th January 2009 must be re-evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by 2020. ELC supports this initiative that contributes to strengthen consumers’ confidence in the safety of these ingredients. A...

2016-055th ELC annual Forum on Sustainability in the specialty food ingredients sector

ELC hosted on 24th May 2016 in Brussels its fifth annual Forum on Sustainability in the specialty food ingredients sector. This event, reserved to ELC members, looked at progress towards a common food waste policy, heard from other food and feed sectors’ experience and explored sustainable sourcing in the...

Latest Updates from ELC

  • 18-08ELC expert appointed in EFSA Discussion Group on E-applications


    An ELC expert has been appointed in a new EFSA consultative body that will contribute to a project aimed at implementing the future electronic submission and processing of applications for regulated products at EFSA.

  • 27-07More news available in our members’ area !

    - The members’ area of the ELC website has been updated with new pages providing more information on the association’s Committees.


    In addition to the regular circular letters, information on the next Committee meetings are also be available on the members’ area. ELC members will also have the possibility to register for a Committee meeting via the Intranet, when registration is open. 

  • 19-07SPS Market Access Working Group meeting

    - An ELC delegation participates to the SPS Market Access WG and heard a.o. from FDA about Systems Recognition under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

  • 08-07Sherpa meeting of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain

    - The meeting discusses and agrees on working priorities within several clusters. ELC supports the development of recommendations on how to provide a boost to innovation in the food chain (including for sustainability purposes), with particular attention to innovation regulatory efficiency, a topic that is included in a cluster “Competitiveness and new opportunities”.

  • More News »

Become a member

Learn more about ELC, its goals, its services, and what it can do for your company.

Press Room

If you're a journalist or PR person, we have complete information packs on various subjects.

Member Login

Please login to access the Member Area

Forgot your password?