The year 2012 was a landmark one for EFSA for a variety of reasons, not least because it marked the tenth anniversary of the organisation. A number of events and communication opportunities were organised throughout the year to highlight EFSA's integral role in European food safety and its achievements over its first decade. It culminated in two corporate events organised in Parma in November which focused on the key future scientific and institutional challenges that the organisation faces. The scientific event attracted more than 600 leading experts in risk assessment from Europe and further afield and provided a stimulating platform for scientists from a range of disciplines relevant to EFSA's work. It made an important contribution to strengthening Europe's risk assessment capacity and the possibility of making it a regular event is under consideration.