The aim of the European Institute for Food Law is to advance the level of expertise on food law and regulatory compliance, at national level, European level and global level.

The concept of food law is taken in a broad sense. It includes food law as defined in EU regulation 178/2002 ‘the laws, regulations and administrative provisions governing food in general, and food safety in particular’ covering ‘any stage of production, processing and distribution of food, and also of feed produced for, or fed to, food producing animals’, but also adjacent economic regulations and human rights aspects of food.

The dissemination of food law takes place through courses, in-company training, publications and advice to companies, consumer organisations, government organisations and practitioners. In this respect, The European Institute for Food Law has recurrent collaborations with many universities around the world, for example in Russia, Switzerland, United States of America, China and India.

The European Institute for Food Law helps deal with food regulatory and related issues, by providing courses both on basic and advanced level or by supporting the courses that you organise, by providing answers to legal questions and by using its network to bring you into contact with just the specialists you need.

The European Institute for Food Law provides regulatory and technical compliance support and assistance to food business through its collaboration with EU Food Comply.

From its location in Wageningen (the Netherlands), the European Institute for Food Law works throughout Europe and beyond. It enjoys the collaboration of specialists from both academia and practice in several European countries, the US and China.

The European Institute for Food Law started its operations as an independent Foundation on 4 April 2004. Its director is: Prof. dr. mr. Bernd van der Meulen, Head chair group professor of Law and Governance, specializing in Food Law.