Working processes

EFSA’s Working Processes

Where can I find information on ongoing scientific work?

You can consult all the requests for scientific work received by EFSA and the status of each one in the Register of Questions database.

The Scientific Panels and Units section of this website contains scientific outputs and meeting agendas/minutes detailing the work of each Panel and its Working Groups. All EFSA documents are published online as soon as they are publicly available and cannot be provided in advance of public disclosure.

Where can I find information on experts working for EFSA?

The names and professional details of all Scientific Panel and Working Group members are published in the Declarations of Interests database. It also includes a CV for each Panel member. Please note that in the interest of personal privacy, EFSA does not provide the contact details of its experts.

How does EFSA safeguard the independence of its experts?

All Scientific Panel and Working Group members are required to comply with EFSA’s policy on Declaration of Interests. All experts working for EFSA sign an Annual Declaration of Interests, which is made publicly available online, and also declare any potential conflicting interests in advance of each meeting.

How can I find out which experts worked on a scientific opinion?

All scientific opinions include the names of the members of the responsible Panel and of the Working Group members.

Are the Panels involved in making regulatory decisions or recommendations?

No, EFSA is not responsible for food safety regulation. This is the responsibility of the EU risk legislator - the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the national authorities in each Member State, as appropriate.

How do I become an EFSA expert?

EFSA’s procedures for selecting experts are set out in the Decision on the selection of experts. EFSA has set up an expert database to create a pool of external experts able to assist its Scientific Committee, Scientific Panels, EFSA networks and respective working groups in their work. EFSA welcomes applications at any time from scientists with relevant expertise in all fields within its remit. All candidates who successfully submit an online application and meet the validity and eligibility criteria will be included in the database. EFSA will inform each applicant of the final result.

How can our organisation take part in article 36 cooperation (for applying to calls for proposals launched by EFSA)?

EFSA has since 2006 established a list of competent organisations that are in principle approved to undertake work on behalf of EFSA under article 36 of its Founding Regulation. Only organisations from this list can apply (individually or in consortia) to the calls for proposals that are launched by EFSA. The organisations on the list are nominated by the Member States, and the procedure is facilitated by the national Focal Points. The list will be regularly updated and Member States can only submit new nominations when the procedure is officially launched (last update was in December 2008). Interested organisations for joining the list should contact their national Focal Point.

How does EFSA produce a scientific opinion?

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