Specialisation Food Law and Regulatory Affairs

This specialisation focuses on the legal aspects of food safety and food safety management. Students will take a number of courses in law and, depending on their background, some (basic) courses in natural sciences.

First year

All students take:

Students with a natural science background take:

Students with a background in law (or other non-technical background) take:

These courses provide the necessary background in food technology and do not require a technological background.

Optional courses include:

For information on the different courses, see the study handbook of the university, or click on the course name above.

Second year

The second year of the programme consists of research; an individual thesis carried out at the university, and an internship in the field of food safety law carried out elsewhere:

  • 6 months individual research thesis at the Law Department.
  • 4 months (minimum, 6 months maximum), individual internship on food law outside Wageningen University.

Internships are mostly with international food companies and organizations like the World Health Organization. International internships are stimulated by the programme.

Recent thesis topics

  • High pressure law
  • Allergens in Law; Imperfections in the current European legislation, related to the safety and preferences of food allergic consumers
  • ’Filling the gap?’ Comparing accreditation and the GlobalGAP Certification Integrity Programme and evaluating the possibilities for an internal accreditatin body
  • Analysis of Tanzania Food Law. ’Legal and Institutional Framework’.
  • Risk Managers and Risk Assessors in the Creation of International Standards: FAO/WHO Expert Bodies- Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • Update of risk assessments in European Union of main marine biotoxins. Literature review
  • Assessing the regulatory impact of Pacific island countries adopting mandatory and harmonized nutrient content labeling
  • From science to fork. The role of scientific risk assessment in EU's food safety management.
  • Halal Food Regulation



Read about the experiences of (graduated) students in Food Law in the Alumni Book.


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