Working together with EFSA in making Europe’s food safe
Conference on Food Ingredients and Packaging
Polish EFSA Focal Point
Representatives from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) were in Warsaw today to engage with scientists from Poland and neighbouring countries on its work and to encourage them to join the Authority’s scientific Panels dealing with the safety of food ingredients and food packaging. At an event in the Polish capital, organised in co-operation with the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene and the National Food and Nutrition Institute , the Authority highlighted the newly launched call for membership to EFSA’s Scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS Panel) and the Scientific Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel). The call for these Panels is open between 15 April 2013 and 17 June 2013.
EFSA’s Director of Science Strategy and Co-ordination, Hubert Deluyker, said, “The ANS and CEF Panels work in important areas such as food additives and food contact materials. EFSA is specifically seeking experts from Poland and neighbouring countries for this call because we are keen to ensure that our Panels are well represented with highly-qualified scientists reflecting the geographic diversity of expertise in the European Union that EFSA draws on to inform its work.”
Dr Alicja Mortensen, a Danish scientist of Polish origin and current Chair of the ANS Panel, added: “Reviewing new data and being involved with joint scientific decision-making is rewarding for me but the most exciting aspect of being an expert at EFSA is knowing that I have the possibility to make a difference to European food safety and, ultimately, contributing to the health and well-being of society. I strongly encourage my Polish colleagues to apply for this new call.”
Applicants should demonstrate experience in carrying out scientific risk assessment and have proven scientific excellence with a track record in toxicology, toxicity testing, chemistry, dietary exposure assessment, human nutrition, food enzymes including from genetically-modified micro-organisms, and food technology. Selected applicants, who will be offered a three-year mandate, will contribute to delivering the highest quality scientific advice for Europe’s decision makers in the areas of food and feed safety.
Interested experts are invited to apply for EFSA Scientific Panels membership through an online procedure, details of which are available through the link below or through the homepage of EFSA’s website for the duration of the call. The call has also been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
- Call for expressions of interest for membership of the Scientific ANS and CEF Panels of EFSA - deadline: 17 June 2013
- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in January 2002, following a series of food crises in the late 1990s, as an independent source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. In the European food safety system, risk assessment is done independently from risk management. As the risk assessor, EFSA produces scientific opinions and advice to provide a sound foundation for European policies and legislation and to support the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States in taking effective and timely risk management decisions.
- The ANS Panel’s work concerns food additives such as colours and sweeteners, nutrient sources added to food (e.g. sources of vitamins and minerals) and other substances deliberately added to food, including for purposes other than technological ones, e.g. with functional properties, but excluding flavourings and enzymes.
- The CEF Panel’s work concerns food contact materials, for example, used in food containers or food packaging; also flavourings and food enzymes, processing aids and some processes (e.g. irradiation of foodstuffs, recycling of plastics for use in food contact materials).
- The ANS Panel and the CEF Panel perform most of their work in the context of authorisation procedures, since they deal mainly with regulated substances or processes which have to be evaluated by EFSA before their use within the EU can be authorised.