Information Session on Implementing Rules of Independence Policy

Brussels
5 March 2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held an information session on 5 March 2012 in Brussels to present the Implementing Rules of its Policy on Independence and Scientific Decision-Making Processes which was adopted by EFSA’s Management Board at its meeting on 15 December 2011. The Policy on Independence and Scientific Decision-Making Processes integrates in one document the wide range of initiatives EFSA has put in place to uphold its core values of scientific excellence, openness, independence and transparency, thereby strengthening the way in which it assures independence and transparency in its work. The Policy was constructed after extensive consultation which included a stakeholder workshop in Brussels on 12 October 2011.

In recognition of the interest of stakeholders in the implementation of the Policy, the information session provided an opportunity to see how EFSA will assess interests and make decisions regarding the interests of experts. Through the use of fictitious, practical illustrations, stakeholders were able to gain a better understanding of the factors that EFSA will consider when screening Declarations of Interest. The programme included question and answer sessions in which the audience sought further information on different aspects of the Implementing Rules.

Agenda

  1. Welcome | Anne-Laure Gassin, Director of Communications, EFSA
  2. EFSA’s Policy on Independence and Scientific Decision-Making Processes: Setting the Scene | Dirk Detken, Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, EFSA
  3. Question & answer session
  4. How are the Interests of the Members, Chairs and Vice-Chairs of EFSA’s Scientific Panels and Scientific Committee Assessed? | Hubert Deluyker, Director of Science Strategy & Coordination, EFSA
  5. Question & answer session
  6. How are the Interests of Working Group Members Assessed? Part I – Public Health Mandates | Claudia Heppner, Acting Director of Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance, EFSA
  7. Question & answer session
  8. How are the Interests of Working Group Members Assessed? Part II – Regulated Product Mandates | Per Bergman, Director of Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products, EFSA
  9. Question & answer session
  10. Wrap-up | Anne-Laure Gassin, Director of Communications, EFSA
  11. Closing address | Eric Poudelet, Director Safety of the Food Chain, DG Health and Consumers