Public consultation on the Draft Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed safety and the Environment

Deadline
1 December 2008

EFSA is launching a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed safety and the Environment. The work follows a request from the European Commission (EC) to EFSA for advice on this issue in 2007. EFSA’s opinion will help inform consideration of any future EU measures in relation to nanotechnologies in the food and feed area.

EFSA’s Scientific Committee (SC) has led this work and has been assisted by a Working Group of scientists with relevant expertise to consider the different aspects of the Commission’s request. In order to receive relevant information EFSA launched a call for data in January 2008 on its website and via its Advisory Forum.

In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders on its work, EFSA engages in public consultations on key issues.

In this respect EFSA would be grateful to receive relevant comments on its Draft Opinion of the Scientific Committee on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed safety and the Environment.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments and pertinent scientific information by means of the electronic form available on this page by 1st December 2008, 17:00 CET, following the instructions below.

If interested parties wish to contribute scientific studies or data to support a particular comment, these should be preferably have been published or accepted for publication and clear reference to where the supporting information is found should be made.

A submission will not be considered if it:

  • is submitted after the deadline set out in the call;
  • is presented in any other form than the instructions and template provide for;
  • contains comments which do not relate to the contents of the document;
  • contains information on individual cases;
  • contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material;
  • is related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA looks at the scientific evidence and data relevant to its specifc risk assessment remit. Important and relevant feedback will be any further evidence or data that EFSA may not have been able to access that should be considered in the final opinion. Views on wider issues, for example ethical or other societal issues, are not part of EFSA’s remit.

EFSA will assess all relevant comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the EFSA Scientific Committee and taken into consideration where these will enhance the scientific quality or understanding of the document. Following this exercise EFSA will publish the relevant comments received, as well as a short report on the outcome of the consultation. In addition to the above criteria, for the publication of the comments the following information should be noted;

  • Repeated comments received from the same contributor will appear only once.
  • Comments submitted by individuals acting in a personal capacity will be published anonymously.
  • Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organization will appear with the name of the organization.

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Published
16 October 2008