Getting Your Claims Right

Compliance template – general level health claims (pre-approved)

Page last updated: 21 October 2014

This template may help food businesses to build a general level health claim based on a pre-approved food-health relationship; and demonstrate due diligence in attempting to comply with the Food Standards Code.

See sections 2, 4 and 5 of this document for conditions on making of general level health claims.

General information

1. What is the wording of the proposed general level health claim?

2. What food will the general level health claim be applied to?

3. Has the form of the food to which the claim relates been determined in accordance with the Table to clause 6 of Standard 1.2.7?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted.

4. Does the general level health claim state the form of the food to which the claim applies together with the claim as required by subclause 19(3)(b) of Standard 1.2.7 unless the form of the food is as sold?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted in its current form.

5. Do the words in the general level health claim refer to the prevention, diagnosis, cure, or alleviation of a disease, disorder or condition or compare a food with a good that is represented in any way to be for therapeutic use or likely to be taken to be for therapeutic use, whether because of the way in which the good is presented or for any other reason?

Yes No

If YES, the claim is NOT permitted.

6. Do words used in the general level health claim alter or contradict the effect of a statement or information required by Standard 1.2.7?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted in its current form.

7. Does the claim refer to a serious disease or a biomarker of a serious disease?

Yes No

If YES, the claim is NOT permitted as a general level health claim.

8. What category does the food belong to in the Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion (NPSC) as listed in the ‘Category’ column of Schedule 4 of Standard 1.2.7?

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3

Note: Foods defined in Part 2.9 of the Food Standards Code do not need to comply with the NPSC.

9. What is the final nutrient profiling score of the food (see the ‘NPSC category’ column of Schedule 4 of Standard 1.2.7)?

For information on calculating the nutrient profiling score refer to the FSANZ website.

If food is Category 1, nutrient profiling score must be less than 1 to qualify for health claim.

If food is Category 2, nutrient profiling score must be less than 4 to qualify for health claim.

If food is Category 3, nutrient profiling score must be less than 28 to qualify for health claim.

If the food does not meet the NPSC the health claim is NOT permitted.

10. What is the food-health relationship identified in Schedule 3 of Standard 1.2.7 that is used as the basis for making the general level health claim?

11. Does the claim meet the conditions identified in Column 3 (relevant population) or Column 4 (dietary context) of Schedule 3 applicable to the food-health relationship identified above?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted in its current form.

12. Are the conditions in Column 5 of Schedule 3 applicable to the food-health relationship identified above, met?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted.

13. Demonstrate how the general level health claim complies with all relevant criteria identified in Schedule 3 of Standard 1.2.7.

14. Does the general level health claim advise consumers that the claimed health effect must be considered in the context of a healthy diet involving the consumption of a variety of foods and is the dietary context statement appropriate for the claim being made as required by subclause 19(4) (a) and (b) of Standard 1.2.7?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted in its current form (unless the food is contained in a small package).

Health claims about phytosterols, phytostanols and their esters do not require a statement that the health effect must be considered in the context of a healthy diet involving the consumption of a variety of foods as part of a dietary context statement to be made in conjunction with the health claim if the claim is presented together with the advisory statements required by clause 2 of Standard 1.2.3.

15. Is the general level health claim being made as a split claim? If so, is a statement available with the stated food or property of food and the health effect on the label of the food or advertisement, indicating where all required elements of the general level health claim may be found on the label or advertisement, as required by clause 20 of Standard 1.2.7?

Yes No

If NO, the claim is NOT permitted in its current form.

16. Do the details of the nutrients or biologically active substances used to make the general level health claim appear in the nutrition information panel (NIP) on the label of the package of the food as required by clause 5 of Standard 1.2.8?

Yes No

If NO, the particulars of the nutrient or biologically active substance must be declared in the NIP, or if no label is required under subclause 2(1) of Standard 1.2.1, the NIP (with the particulars of the claimed nutrient or biologically active substance) should be displayed on or in connection with the display of the food or provided to the purchaser upon request. This requirement does not apply to food in small packages however certain information must be included on the label of the small package (clauses 8 and 8A of Standard 1.2.8).