68th Management Board meeting: Board adopts EFSA’s Strategy 2020, discusses new stakeholder engagement approach and EFSA’s independence policy

News Story - Parma
16 March 2016

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The Management Board adopted EFSA’s Strategy 2020, which charts the future course of the Authority, setting out the priorities of its work for the next five years. The Board also discussed the independence policy review and EFSA’s new approach to its engagement with stakeholders, which aims for more transparency and closer involvement of stakeholders in the scientific assessment process.

Charting a course towards 2020

EFSA’s new mission statement “Trusted science for safe food” reflects the essence of EFSA’s Strategy 2020. The strategy will steer the Authority over the next five years in carrying out its scientific assessment work to protect European consumers against risks related to the food chain. It will help EFSA use opportunities and respond to challenges it will face in this rapidly changing world. EFSA developed this strategy as a result of a thorough review and in close cooperation with its Management Board, its partners and stakeholders.

The strategy document identifies five overarching strategic objectives:

  • Prioritise public and stakeholder engagement in the process of scientific assessment.
  • Widen its evidence base and optimise 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 reflects EFSA’s values.

Five fundamental values will drive the implementation of the five strategic objectives: scientific excellence, independence, openness, innovation and cooperation.  EFSA has also identified the main operational tools that will help the Authority in the practical realisation of its strategic goals.

Welcoming the adoption of the Strategy 2020, the Chair of the Management Board, Sue Davies, said: “Central to the strategy is the evolution of EFSA's approach to stakeholder engagement and greater transparency throughout the risk assessment process - with a clear recognition that openness and collaboration are essential to effectively deal with the complexity of risks across the food supply chain.”

The Board adopted EFSA’s revised multi-annual workplan, which the Authority adjusted to ensure alignment with the new strategy.

More effective engagement with stakeholders

The Management Board discussed EFSA’s new stakeholder engagement approach, which addresses the first of the five strategic objectives. EFSA is developing this new approach in response to increasing societal expectations for greater transparency and public engagement in the scientific assessment process and in recognition that this will help enhance the quality and relevance of its work. 

Updating EFSA’s independence policy

The Board also heard about EFSA’s initiative to revisit and update its policy on independence. EFSA will develop a new policy approach to ensure objectivity and independence of its scientific advice, in line with the Authority’s overall strive for greater transparency and openness in scientific risk assessment.

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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 activity report 2015
  6. EFSA Strategy 2020
  7. EFSA programming document: extension until 2019
  8. EFSA independence policy update: concept
  9. EFSA stakeholder engagement approach
  10. Renewal of ANS and CEF Panels
  11. EFSA quality management system
  12. Update on the fitness check of Regulation 178/2002
  13. Amendments to Art. 36 list of organisations
  14. 2016 budget execution and transfers
  15. Feedback from the Audit Committee
  16. AOB