Likely future developments

Discussions are currently underway regarding the future development of the databank. The difficulties in identifying allergenic ingredients from product labels have not been resolved and there is still likely to be an important future role for the databank, even if the labelling of allergens becomes mandatory in the EC (see Section 6.7.2).

The main change in the databank is likely to be in the scope of ingredients covered and in terms of access. There are discussions to broaden the number of ingredients covered and make access to the information wider and more straightforward. The potential for hosting the databank on the Internet is being explored.

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