This paper explores the challenges in meeting the regulatory requirements of short food sup- ply chains in 9 European countries based upon findings from the European H2020 3-year project \SMARTCHAIN". The assessments of the barriers that small food producers face in meeting different regulatory requirements are presented. Drawing on the results of 10 multi-actor workshops that involved 124 participants, the most problematic policy frameworks for short food supply chains and key obstacles in different regulatory requirements are summarized. This research shows that current EU and national regulation is an obstacle to the development of short food supply chains, meaning that additional efforts are needed to tailor the regulations to small food producers involved in short supply chains. Furthermore, it is necessary to consider the introduction of more effective support measures for short food supply chains.
Keywords: Short food supply chains; Obstacles; Regulatory requirements; Policy support;