EFSA has finalised its DRVs for vitamin E (α-tocopherol) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin), and has drafted an opinion on copper.

For vitamin E, EFSA recommends adequate intakes (AIs) of 13 mg α-tocopherol/day for men and 11 mg/day for women. Children older than 10 years are subject to the same AIs, while AIs of 5‑9 mg/day apply for younger children. With respect to vitamin B12, EFSA considers 4 μg/day to be the adult AI. AIs for children range from 1.5 μg/day (infants aged 7-11 months) to 4 μg/day (15- to 17‑year-olds). Higher vitamin B12 intakes are required by pregnant and breastfeeding women, and AIs of 4.5 and 5 μg/day, respectively, were established.

In its draft report, EFSA proposes AIs for copper of 1.6 mg/day for men and 1.3 mg/day for women. AIs of 0.4 mg/day to 1.3 mg/day are also suggested for infants and children, and an AI of 1.5 mg/day is recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

European Food Safety Authority (2015). Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).

Scientific opinion on dietary reference values for vitamin E as α-tocopherol. EFSA Journal 2015, 13(7), 4149.


Scientific opinion on dietary reference values for cobalamin (vitamin B12). EFSA Journal 2015, 13(7), 4150. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/doc/4150.pdf

Draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for copper. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/consultations/call/150629a.pdf


The above items were taken from the August 2015 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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