The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has mapped out its priorities for the next two years as it commences its programme of scientific, communication and corporate activities.
Highlighted priorities will include the adoption of around 400 scientific outputs, the renewal of membership of eight of EFSA’s scientific panels and its scientific committee, plus the hosting of the second EFSA scientific conference in Milan.
The authority also promised annual data-monitoring reports on the topics of zoonoses, food-borne outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance and pesticide residues, as well as a new report on the role of chemicals in food.
EFSA executive director Bernhard Url said: “This year will be another busy one for EFSA. This document explains how we plan to ensure that our expertise, methods and data continue to serve the needs of the European Union and its 500 million citizens, and keep EFSA at the cutting edge of scientific risk assessment of food.
“As well as ensuring the continued excellence of our core scientific activities, we want to further open up our work to wider scrutiny and engagement. We want to build enduring synergies in the European food safety system that make best use of finite resources and allow all members of the European risk assessment community to share expertise and information.”
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