Risk Assessment vs Risk Management: What’s the Difference?

 

Risk Assessment vs Risk Management: What’s the Difference?EFSA plays a pivotal role in ensuring Europe’s food is safe. But as the risk assessor, it’s just one part of an EU-wide framework for food safety. Although the difference between risk assessment and risk management is clear in legislation, uncertainty can still exist about the full extent of EFSA’s roles and responsibilities. Our new feature and infographic are designed to clear up some common misunderstandings…
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Experts urged to make a difference to food safety in the EU

Experts urged to make a difference to food safety in the EU

EFSA is asking scientists to make a difference to Europe’s food safety system by joining its teams of risk assessment experts. Applications are invited from high-calibre scientists with expertise in: plant health; GMOs; feedstuffs; animal health and welfare; plant protection; contaminants in the food chain; biological hazards; and nutrition. In addition to the eight Scientific Panels that cover these areas, EFSA is also renewing membership of its Scientific Committee, which is responsible for overarching issues such as harmonisation of risk assessment approaches and new methodologies.

Stop-the-clock guidelines to improve efficiency and consistency of regulated product assessments

Stop-the-clock guidelines to improve efficiency and consistency of regulated product assessments

New working practices from EFSA will increase the efficiency, clarity and consistency of the assessment of regulated product applications. Per Bergman, who leads the Authority’s work in this area, explains why these practices have been introduced and how they will help EFSA’s stakeholders.

EFSA publishes Annual Report for 2013

EFSA publishes Annual Report for 2013

From aspartame to zoonoses, EFSA’s scientists had another busy year in 2013. The Authority published more than 600 scientific outputs as it carried out its scheduled programme of risk assessments and met requests for urgent advice on issues such as the hepatitis A outbreak, the horsemeat crisis, and the risk of Rift Valley fever entering the EU.

Hepatitis A: EFSA and ECDC update their rapid outbreak assessment

Hepatitis A: EFSA and ECDC update their rapid outbreak assessment

More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in eleven Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak. Initially the outbreak was associated with people who had travelled to Italy. However seven Member States- France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom- have reported cases of infections in people who had not travelled to Italy.

Registration opens for Scientific Colloquium on whole genome sequencing

Registration opens for Scientific Colloquium on whole genome sequencing

EFSA’s 20th Scientific Colloquium on whole genome sequencing will take place on 16-17 June in Parma. International experts will gather for an open scientific debate on the use of whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens. Such techniques could help improve the safety of our food supply. You can register until the 12 May 2014.

Chemical mixtures colloquium: register to attend

Chemical mixtures colloquium: register to attend

EFSA’s 21st Scientific Colloquium on the harmonisation of human and ecological risk assessment of combined exposure to multiple chemicals will take place on 11-12 September 2014 in Edinburgh. Registrations will open in May 2014.

Science in action: observers welcome EFSA’s ongoing open plenary initiative

Science in action: observers welcome EFSA’s ongoing open plenary initiative

Stakeholders from across Europe have gathered at EFSA’s headquarters in Parma to attend the latest open GMO Panel meeting. The observers welcomed EFSA’s ongoing open plenary initiative after seeing first-hand how the Authority carries out its risk assessments.

Bisphenol A: EFSA to complete re-evaluation by the end of 2014

Bisphenol A: EFSA to complete re-evaluation by the end of 2014

EFSA is extending the timeline to complete its full risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) to the end of 2014. This will give scientists at the Authority sufficient time to assess the large number of comments submitted by stakeholders during the public consultation on its draft safety evaluation of the chemical.