Review of cross-cutting guidance

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Article
guidance documents, revision, cross-cutting, obligation
First published in the EFSA Journal
16 April 2015
Adopted
1 April 2015
Last Updated
20 July 2016. This version replaces the previous one/s.
Type
Guidance
Abstract

To increase transparency and harmonisation, EFSA asked the Scientific Committee for advice on how cross-cutting guidance documents should be used across EFSA, reviewed and kept up-to-date. The Committee examined 23 documents that should be applied consistently across EFSA sectors to set a common assessment framework, and identified two categories of compliance: unconditional, with a requirement to follow; and conditional, with a requirement to follow if the recommended approach is chosen. The Committee recommends that each guidance document identifies its target audience and addresses the level of obligation to follow. The Committee concludes that the cross-cutting guidance documents must be regularly screened for their up-to-date scientific relevance, and recommends that this should be done every three years. Prioritisation criteria for updating/revising the guidance documents were identified to allow suitable planning of adequate resources and the availability of expertise necessary for the revisions of cross-cutting guidance. The Scientific Committee concluded that the principle of regular review and subsequent revision should also be extended to all guidance documents produced by EFSA’s Panels and Units thus including the sectoral guidance documents specific to EFSA’s domains of activity.

Panel members at the time of adoption
Jan Alexander, Diane Benford, Qasim Chaudhry, John Griffin, Anthony Hardy, Michael John Jeger, Robert Luttik, Ambroise Martin, Simon More, Alicja Mortensen, Birgit Nørrung, Bernadette Ossendorp, Joe Perry, Josef Schlatter, Kristen Sejrsen and Vittorio Silano.
Contact
scientific.committee [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4080
EFSA Journal2015;13(4):4080
Question Number
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