53rd Management Board meeting: EFSA Management Board adopts final lists of experts for renewal of Scientific Committee, Panels, and renewal of Stakeholder Platform - audio available
The European Food Safety Authority’s Management Board has adopted the final lists of members appointed to EFSA’s Scientific Committee and to eight of its scientific Panels as well as the new composition of EFSA’s Stakeholder Consultative Platform.
Meeting in Parma on 14th June, members of the Board also adopted EFSA’s 2013 draft annual work programme for contracts and grants of €10.7 million – an increase of €1.5 million on 2012. The programme, developed in consultation with EFSA’s Advisory Forum and Scientific Committee, allocates funds to cooperation projects with institutions and organisations in Member States to support EFSA in its scientific tasks.
In March 2012, the Management Board nominated experts to the Scientific Committee and eight of the Scientific Panels and established reserve lists for these. Since then, some experts were either no longer available or could not take up the functions assigned to them and additional nominations were made. All selected experts were required to submit an updated Declaration of Interests for review. The Board adopted a consolidated list of experts as Panel members and a reserve list, thereby completing the Panel renewal process.
Statistics for the make-up of the Scientific Committee and Panels remain largely unchanged from March which showed EFSA benefitting from the strong expertise present in universities and other public research institutes throughout the European Union, as well as from governmental bodies. EFSA is placing greater reliance on working with experts from similar food safety organisations which pursue public health interest objectives.
In the final lists of experts appointed, 41% come from universities, 39% from other public research institutes and 15% from government bodies (the remaining 5% are retired). The lists of members appointed to the Scientific Committee and Panels and their Declarations of Interests will be published on EFSA’s website on 18th June.
Stakeholder Consultative Platform
The Board also adopted the list of organisations which will make up EFSA’s Stakeholder Consultative Platform once its current mandate expires at the end of June. The 24 members were selected after a public call for expressions of interest from organisations representing main stakeholders in such categories as: associations/NGOs representing consumers; NGOs involved in public health, plant health, animal health and welfare and environmental protection; farmers and primary processors; food industry; trade and catering. To be considered eligible, the organisations had to meet certain criteria, including, among others, being present in a majority of Member States and having legitimate and general interests in EFSA’s remit.
The Management Board has taken the opportunity to revise the membership of the Stakeholder Consultative Platform to seek broader representation across the food chain while respecting the balance between consumer, NGO and industry interests. In keeping with its principles of openness and transparency, EFSA has opted to strengthen its dialogue with groups directly representing industry interests including sectoral organisations engaged in the Authority’s areas of work (e.g. food additives and flavourings).Some industry-funded umbrella groups therefore will no longer be members of the Platform effective 1 July 2012. EFSA will, however, continue to involve other organisations in its ongoing stakeholder dialogue on its scientific work.
New Board chair to be elected in October
The Board meeting was chaired by Vice Chair Sue Davies following the resignation of Diána Bánáti, who has taken up a position incompatible with the Board’s Code of Conduct concerning membership of the Board. Decisions taken at the previous two Board meetings had been reviewed and no concerns were raised.
The Board will by then include members either newly appointed or re-appointed by the Council of the European Union to fill seven mandates which expire on 30th June.
 The term of eight Scientific Panels and the Scientific Committee is due to expire in July 2012. The Panels are: Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW); Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ); Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM); Feed Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP); Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO); Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA); Plant Health (PLH) and Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR). The other two Scientific Panels of EFSA on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) and Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) were renewed for the three-year term in 2011 (2011 Renewal).
 EFSA’s Stakeholder Consultative Platform provides a forum for regular dialogue to assist EFSA in developing its overall relations and policy with regard to stakeholder involvement. Its recommendations are not binding on EFSA or its Executive Director.
 The Council of the European Union appoints EFSA’s Management Board members following recommendations from the European Commission and following consultation with the European Parliament. The names of the seven appointments will be made public on 18th June.
Recognising the need to uphold transparency while reducing associated costs, this Management Board meeting was not web-streamed live. Instead, interested parties are be able to listen to the audio recording On Demand.
Audiocast and documents
- 2. Welcome by the Chair and Adoption of the agenda
- Executive Director progress report
- Appointment of members of the Scientific Committee and eight Scientific Panels and placement of suitable candidates in the reserve list
- Draft Multi-annual staff policy plan 2013-2015
- Accounts 2011 financial statement
- 2013 work programme on Grants and Procurement
- Amendments to the Art. 36 list of organisations
- Renewal of the Stakeholders Consultative Platform
- Update on the Commission’s impact assessment study on fees
- Gender balance and geographical diversity: actions to encourage applications for Panel membership from all Member States
- 2012 Budget execution and Budget transfers
- Update from the Audit Committee
- Update on the external evaluation of EFSA