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The European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) aims to promote a strong link between science, technology and business in the algae biomass sector.

The approval of new Algae Biomass as Novel Foods is the main bottleneck that reduces the potential of Algae Biomass and slows down the growth of the sector. Food safety requirement in place in Europe, requires that a relevant body of knowledge and information is available before the approval for consumption as food in Europe. The Novel Food approval for algae biomass and algae biomass extracts requires complex and expensive Dossiers. The approval as food for humans includes most of the requirements for approval as feed.

There are more than 20.000 known algae species and less than 10 are produced and used as food in Europe:

(1) The value and growth of the algae biomass sector (macro and microalgae) is dependent on the algae products available on the market (live biomass, dried or frozen biomass and algae extracts from macro and microalgae, cultivated or harvested from the environment);

(2) During the last 30 years more than 50 EU financed research projects (macro and microalgae) with more than 200 m € provided the achievement of a wide range of exploitable results but very few reached the market because of regulatory issues as novel food approval;

(3) The competitiveness of the algae based products depends on efficiency and scale of production technologies. The main obvious and marketable applications are for food and feed, but others like fuels, chemicals, bioplastics and industrial ink will benefit from the scale-up;

(4) The achievement of large-scale production starts with pilot and small scale projects and requires several years. This means that the scale-up process must start with added value products for food and feed that can sustain business during the scale-up (reducing the death valley period for business).


DG Energy (through Kyriakos Maniatis) understood the need of scale-up for large-scale, so that one day algae biomass can be a commodity crop (eventually for fuels), requires that the business activities can have a success from small to mid-scale. That development requires the possibility to introduce novel foods in the market. In this way there is a relevant algae business activity that can support scale-up as a result of demand. Therefore, DG Energy promoted two fundamental initiatives:

(1) A mandate for the development of 10 Algae Biomass Standards by CEN the European Normalization organization (2016) currently CEN/TC 454 (one of the standards is for algae based biofuels);

(2) An analysis of requirements for Algae Biomass to become Novel Foods, developed by EU experts, EFSA experts and EABA expert Carlos Unamunzaga, who had already the experience of going through the Novel Food process for one microalgae (Tetraselmis chuii). The report was completed in September 2018 and contains informations on how to prepare an Algae Novel Food Dossier and which costs are involved. 

The workshop has a compact format with a panel-based set up. Each panel has a specific topic and a duration of
1 hour; 20 minutes for the presentation of the topic and 40 minutes for discussion and conclusions. Each panel will have an invited chair, and the participants in the panel will be volunteers from the participant group. There will be minutes from the event with the key conclusions for each panel.

WORKSHOP CHAIR: Carlos Unamunzaga 

EABA Steering Board Member, 

Fitoplancton Marino, General Manager,

Leading expert in the Novel Food process in Europe

EABA Coordination

Alexandra Mosch

 EABA Vice-President; Head of Algae Division at Abar United

Joachim Henjes

Member of EABA Steering Board; Member of the na 172-00-16 “Algae and algae products“; Alfred Wegener Institute 

Silvio Mangini

EABA  Steering Board Member; Archimede Ricerche srl gruppo a&a F.lli Parodi

Wednesday - 22 May 2019

20.00 Welcome dinner (registered participants only) 

During dinner: Networking and "Tour de table" with one minute presentation of each participant with several rounds

Thursday - 23 May 2019 - Martin's Brussels EU Hotel


08.00 Opening : All about Novel Foods: Carlos Unamunzaga

09.00 Panel #1 : Novel Food experience from other sectors

10.00 Panel #2 : EFSA understanding about new algae Novel Foods and the situation with FDA and other agencies

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Panel #3 : Arthrospira, Chlorella, Aphanizomenon, Tetraselmis, Odontella and Nannochloropsis case studies

12.30 Sandwich lunch and networking opportunity

13.30 Panel #4 : Ranking for new microalgae Novel Foods

14.30 Panel #5 : Ranking for new seaweed Novel Foods

15.30 Coffee break

15.45 Panel #6 : Potential economic impact for new Novel Foods

16.45 Workshop conclusions

17.00 Workshop closure


  • Clear dissemination about the current status
  • Wish list definition of research needs
  • List of priorities for Novel Food algae
  • Identification of emerging trends



Algaecytes -  United Kingdom

Algosource Technologies - France

Astaco Technologies - Spain

AstaReal AB - Sweden

BDI-Biolife Science GmbH - Austria

Buggypower - Portugal

CEAMSA - Spain

Corbion - Netherlands

DG MARE - Belgium

EABA - Portugal

Envirosan DC - Hungary

Eparella GmbH - Austria

Fermentalg - France

Fitoplancton Marino, S.L. - Spain

Flanders' FOOD - Belgium

Fundacion Azti - Spain

Greenko Consultancy - Netherlands

Microphyt - France

Monzon Biotech,s.l. - Spain

Technopolis Group - Belgium

Thomas More Kempen - RADIUS - Belgium

University of Algarve - Portugal

University of Greenwich - United Kingdom

Varicon Aqua Solutions - United Kingdom


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