The European Commission has adopted a proposal to revise the Novel Foods Regulation (EC) No 258/97 with a view to improving the access of new and innovative foods to the EU market, while maintaining a high level of consumer protection and ensuring food safety. Under the draft Regulation, novel foods would be subject to centralised authorisation procedure. The Commission will receive the application for authorisation and the European Food Safety Authority will carry out the scientific assessment on the product. The "one door – one key" approach will be taken for the approval of novel foods, just as it will be for food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings. This means that the applicant may make one application for approval covering all these possible uses of the substance in question. The proposal also sets out data protection rules, which aim to protect newly developed foodstuffs once authorised, and encourage companies to invest in developing new types of foods and food production techniques. Moreover, a notification procedure is introduced for foods which have not been traditionally sold in the EU but which have a safe history of use in third countries.