Established in 2002, the EFSA Management Board ensures that the Authority functions effectively and efficiently, delivers its mandate as defined in the founding Regulation and meets the expectations of European and national institutions, stakeholders and the public.
The Board’s function and role have evolved since the Authority became operational in 2002, shifting from an initial focus on the adoption of rules and procedures to its current emphasis on evolving EFSA’s strategy and future direction.
The Board meets several times a year. Its key tasks are:
- to establish the budget and work programmes and monitor their implementation;
- to appoint the Executive Director and members of the Scientific Committee and the Scientific Panels.
Other more general tasks include:
- ensuring that EFSA’s priorities are in line with its mandate and key missions and that adequate time is given by EFSA to so-called “self-tasking”. ‘Self-tasking’ occurs when EFSA, during the course of its regular work, identifies a particular issue which it believes requires further analysis and research;
- meeting legal requirements and that EFSA meets deadlines for scientific opinions as far as possible;
- ensuring appropriate financial management and accountability.
The Board’s decisions are taken by a majority of its members.
External evaluation of EFSA
Article 61 of EFSA’s Founding Regulation stipulates that EFSA “commission an independent external evaluation of its achievements” to assess the working practices and impact of the Authority. Based on this evaluation, the Management Board formulates recommendations that contribute to EFSA’s future management plans and strategies.
In 2011, EFSA commissioned its second external evaluation in order to gain insights on stakeholder perceptions of the Authority and the quality of its work. In September 2012, the international auditors Ernst and Young issued the independent report on EFSA’s evaluation, noting the high quality of EFSA’s scientific outputs and risk communication activities. In drawing upon the conclusions and recommendations of the external evaluation report and taking into account the results of the consultation with EFSA’s staff, Advisory Forum, Scientific Committee and Stakeholders, the Management Board identifies four key areas which it wishes to be further acted upon as a matter of priority during the period 2013-2017:
- Ensure long-term sustainability of EFSA’s operations
- Increase trust by continuing to ensure independence and enhancing transparency and openness
- Further enhance EU risk assessment capacity
- Strengthen clarity and accessibility of EFSA Communication
For each of these areas, the Management Board specified the directions on which it wishes EFSA to focus its efforts. EFSA will describe the practical implementation of the recommendations of the Management Board in its Multiannual Plan 2014-2016. The Management Board will monitor the progress on the implementation of these recommendations in particular in the context of the annual and multiannual management plan life cycles.