66th Management Board meeting: Management Board endorses public consultation of EFSA’s Strategy 2020, exchanges views on stakeholder engagement and implementation of scientific cooperation roadmap - Audio available

Parma, Italy
1 October 2015

The Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has continued its preparation of the EFSA Strategy 2020. The Board endorsed the holding of a six-week public consultation on the draft document with stakeholders in October and November 2015.

The Management Board also exchanged views on EFSA’s approach to enhance stakeholder engagement and reviewed the progress the Authority has made in the implementation of the Scientific Cooperation roadmap adopted one year ago.

The draft Strategy 2020 outlines the fundamental values that guide EFSA’s work and identifies challenges and opportunities that determine the environment it operates in. It lists the five strategic objectives that will guide the Authority over the next five years and sets out operational steps towards reaching these goals based on core values of scientific excellence, independence, openness, innovation and cooperation. The five strategic objectives are to:

  • Prioritise public engagement in the process of scientific assessment.
  • Widen EFSA’s evidence base and maximise access to its data.
  • Build the EU’s scientific assessment capacity and knowledge community.
  • Prepare for future risk assessment challenges.
  • Create an environment and culture that reflect EFSA’s values.

Public consultation on EFSA’s Strategy 2020

Stressing the importance of the public consultation on the strategy, the Chair of the Management Board Sue Davies said: “The EFSA Strategy 2020 will shape the Authority’s work over the next five years. It will help ensure that EFSA can anticipate and address the risks presented by an increasingly complex supply chain and contribute to a high level of consumer protection and trust.

“Enhancing transparency and stakeholder engagement will be essential to achieve this, from the development of its mandates and throughout the risk assessment process. It is important that stakeholders respond to the consultation and contribute their views on how this can best be achieved.”

Feedback from the public consultation with stakeholders will be discussed at the Board’s December meeting. Together with an updated strategy document, EFSA will then present a draft implementation plan with concrete actions and feasibility assessments for each objective.

Stakeholder engagement in EFSA’s scientific activities

The Management Board discussed an enhanced approach to stakeholder engagement as part of EFSA’s Transparency and Engagement in Risk Assessment Initiative. EFSA envisages more structured stakeholder engagement in all phases of the scientific risk assessment process.

The aim is to increase the efficiency of stakeholder engagement, leading to wider stakeholder contribution to EFSA’s decision-making processes; improved quality of scientific data and outputs; and a more meaningful response to societal expectations. The Board’s reflections will feed into the on-going discussions EFSA is having with its Stakeholder Platform on a new approach to stakeholder engagement.

Implementation of Scientific Cooperation Roadmap

The Management Board reviewed progress made in the implementation of the Scientific Cooperation Roadmap one year after its adoption.  

The Roadmap provides a framework for Member States and EFSA to work together to ensure sound scientific advice on food safety in the interest of the European consumer. It aims to move beyond mere collaboration on specific issues towards a common risk assessment agenda, joint projects and shared expertise. The Roadmap envisages scientific cooperation initiatives aimed at strengthening EU risk assessment capacity, making best use of the scientific capabilities of Member States.

Significant progress was made in establishing and launching new grants schemes in order to stimulate innovative proposals by Member States organisations; reviewing the work of the Advisory Forum; the strengthening of good work relationships with experienced international risk assessment bodies; and the establishment of joint work programmes with EU agencies on cross-cutting subjects of international relevance.

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Audiocast and documents

  1. Welcome by the Chair
  2. Adoption of the agenda
  3. Board members’ Declaration of Interests
  4. EFSA progress report
  5. EFSA Strategy 2020
  6. Engagement of stakeholders in EFSA’s scientific activity
  7. Scientific Cooperation Roadmap implementation
  8. Amendment to the EFSA budget 2015
  9. EFSA’s 2015 budget execution and transfers
  10. Feedback from the Audit Committee
  11. Amendments to the Art. 36 list of organisations
  12. AOB