EFSA Publishes Guidance for Physical Performance, Mood, Sleep, and More

July 23, 2012

The guidance outlines how to approach substantiating health claims for a wide number of claimed effects on the brain and physical performance.

To assist parties applying for EU health claims, EFSA has published new guidance for health effects categorized under physical performance and psychological functions. To download the detailed guidance for free, visit the links above.

EFSA’s guidance-available for these and other health functions-details the claimed effects that EFSA perceives to be beneficial for human health and worthy of a claim. Guidance offers suggestions for studies to employ, scientific measures to use, and populations to focus on for substantiating claims.

Physical performance guidance mentions beneficial effects such as improved muscle function, changes in muscle structure, muscle damage reduction, recovery from water loss, and reduced physical exertion. Psychological function guidance mentions beneficial effects for supporting alertness, attention, memory, mood, stress, anxiety, vision, and sleep.

EFSA is scheduled to release more guidance in the near future on health functions such as blood glucose control, weight management, satiety, protection from oxidative damage, bone and joint health, and oral health. The agency has already released gut and immune function guidance.