European Food Safety Authority

The EFSA is one of AGES’s most important cooperation partners at the European level. This institution was founded in 2002, just like AGES, as a reaction to losses in consumer trust caused by several food scandals in the 1990s.

The task of the EFSA, which was established in Parma (Italy) in 2002, is to evaluate and publish reports and statements on all risks connected with the food chain. The EFSA’s scientific committee and panels prepare assessments and expert opinions for the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Member States, which deal with food safety issues, including animal health, animal protection and plant health. This forms the scientific basis for European Community regulatory questions that are essential to ensuring high levels of consumer protection.

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The EFSA is one of AGES’s most important cooperation partners at the European level. This institution was founded in 2002, just like AGES, as a reaction to losses in consumer trust caused by several food scandals in the 1990s.

The task of the EFSA, which was established in Parma (Italy) in 2002, is to evaluate and publish reports and statements on all risks connected with the food chain. The EFSA’s scientific committee and panels prepare assessments and expert opinions for the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Member States, which deal with food safety issues, including animal health, animal protection and plant health. This forms the scientific basis for European Community regulatory questions that are essential to ensuring high levels of consumer protection.

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EFSA Advisory Forum

The EFSA Advisory Forum consists of representatives from all 28 EU Member States, observers from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and EU candidate countries, as well as observers from the European Commission and the European Parliament. Essentially, the competent institutions for risk assessment in the Member States are represented in this Advisory Forum, which is chaired by EFSA’s Executive Director.

The forum’s main task is advising the EFSA Managing Director on developing proposals for the EFSA work programme.

The Advisory Forum‘s goal is to establish a close network with the Member States and the intensive transfer of scientific information, as well as the expansion and coordination of cooperation between the Member States and the EFSA. This should help avoid unnecessary redundancies by parallel or repeated work and diverging expert opinions within the EU. This was defined in the Declaration of Intent made by the EFSA Advisory Forum members, signed in Bern (Switzerland) in September 2006.

Austria’s representative in the Advisory Forum is Univ.-Doz. DI Dr. Klemens FUCHS (AGES-DSR), his deputy in the forum is DI Dr. Roland GROSSGUT (AGES-DSR). The EFSA Advisory Forum convenes four to five times per year. The agenda and minutes can be found at the EFSA homepage.

Further Links

EFSA Advisory Forum
Link to Advisory Forum Meetings
Link to Declaration of Intent

EFSA Focal Point

EFSA Focal Point

The EFSA initiated the setting-up of national EFSA Focal Points in the Member States, which serve as hubs between the EFSA and national food safety authorities, research institutes, consumers and other interest groups connected to the EFSA.

The main task of the EFSA Focal Points is to support the Advisory Forum members. This includes guaranteeing the transfer of scientific information between the EFSA and the Member States, establishing networks and strengthening the public’s awareness of the EFSA. The EFSA Focal Points of the 28 Member States, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and EU candidate countries meet on a regular basis to share their experience and strengthen their network.

The Austrian EFSA Focal Point is at the AGES DSR Department. Contact is DI Johann Steinwider. His deputy is DI Katja Herzog.

Contact: efsafocalpoint@ages.at

Link zu EFSA National Focal Points

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