Pyrrolizidine alkaloids

The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2020/2040 of 11 December 2020 has applied since 1 July 2020. It regulates the maximum levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food and dietary supplements.


The limits refer to, among others, herbal dietary supplements, teas, herbs, and herbal teas.


Legally, the foodstuffs listed in the Annex to the Regulation placed on the market before 1 July may be marketed until 31 December 2023. After 1 July 2022, each product covered by the Regulation should obligatorily meet the legal requirements in this area.



On 30 June 2022, the J.S. Hamilton Laboratory successfully passed the audit of the Polish Center for Accreditation, extending the accreditation with the determination of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.


Currently, we can perform this testing in accordance with the EU Commission Regulation No. 2020/2040 of 11 December 2020 and with Ph. Eur. 10.6 chapter 2.8.26.



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