76th Management Board meeting: Board appoints EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Scientific Panel experts for 2018-2021; Adoption of activity report 2017; Updates on EU Agencies Network, stakeholder engagement and reputation barometer
At its first meeting in 2018, EFSA’s Management Board appointed EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Scientific Panel experts for the period 2018-2021 on the basis of an evaluation procedure carried out by EFSA and overseen by independent external reviewers. The Board also adopted EFSA’s activity report for 2017 including progress in meeting its key strategic objectives.
Board members reviewed EFSA’s activities as chair of the EU Agencies Network and the implementation of the first 18 months of EFSA’s Stakeholder Engagement Approach. It was also informed about the results of a pilot project to measure EFSA’s reputation among various audiences.
Renewal of EFSA`s Scientific Committee and Scientific Panels
EFSA’s Management Board appointed EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Scientific Panel experts for the period 2018-2021 on the basis of an evaluation procedure carried out by EFSA and overseen by independent external reviewers. The appointments follow a call for expressions of interest for scientific experts launched by EFSA in June 2017. The call, which closed on 8 September 2017, attracted over a thousand applications and resulted in the proposal of 174 candidates for nomination. The newly appointed members will start their work as of the first of July.
Chair of the Management Board, Jaana Husu-Kallio, commented: “Today, EFSA’s Management Board appointed the new Scientific Committee and the 10 Scientific Panels after a very thorough selection process. Still, more has to be done to encourage talented scientists from underrepresented Member States to apply. In addition to the Panels, experts can become members of EFSA’s working groups, which support the Panels’ work. This offers an entry point into EFSA’s scientific community and opportunities for relevant training”.
The renewal of the Panels in 2018 is the first procedure for which EFSA is set to implement updated rules on independence developed following the adoption of EFSA`s new independence policy on 21 June 2017.
EFSA activity report 2017
The Board adopted EFSA’s activity report for its work in 2017 including EFSA’s progress in meeting key strategic objectives set out in the EFSA Strategy 2020.
Beyond the delivery of over 750 scientific outputs, EFSA’s wide-ranging activities in 2017 included the organisation of a scientific symposium on bee health as part of the European Parliament’s annual Bee Week activities. EFSA also organised the first European research conference on the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, attended by more than 250 plant health experts from around the world.
EFSA made major advances in the development of methodologies to improve the quality and robustness of its risk assessments. Chief among these were the Scientific Committee’s key guidance documents on weight of evidence, biological relevance, and uncertainty.
EFSA`s coordination of the EU Agencies Network (EUAN)
EFSA informed the Management Board on activities and achievements related to its chairmanship of the Network of EU Agencies from March 2017 until March 2018. These included leading work on the establishment of a joint procurement portal and an extended Secretariat for the network, the Shared Support Office in Brussels, to assist future EUAN Chairs in their operations, to improve cooperation and the shared use of services and resources including IT tools.
Interim evaluation report: EFSA’s Stakeholder Engagement Approach
The Board was informed that the results from the interim evaluation of EFSA’s Stakeholder Engagement Approach, based primarily on input gathered directly from stakeholders, indicate that it is delivering on its stated aims and objectives. Furthermore, EFSA has received positive feedback overall from stakeholders on the engagement mechanisms it employs, the opportunities for interaction, and the openness of the approach.
Based on the interim evaluation, the Board reviewed a number of recommendations to further develop the approach, including how stakeholders are informed about EFSA’s activities, the way stakeholders are categorised, and the mechanisms for engagement.
Reputation Barometer: Board hears results of pilot study
The Board heard the positive outcome of a pilot study that aimed for the first time to measure EFSA’s reputation and identify opportunities to improve it. The study, which resulted in a Reputation Barometer, assessed how different aspects of EFSA’s activities are perceived by different audiences including policy-makers, NGOs, industry and scientists.
The successful pilot approach, which provided useful feedback on EFSA’s activities, is set to be further developed according to recommendations provided on the methodology and the tool.
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Audiocast and documents
- Welcome by the Chair
- Adoption of the agenda
- Board members’ ADoIs and ODoIs
- Appointment of EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Scientific Panels experts
- Update from the Scientific Committee
- EFSA activity report 2017
- EFSA coordination of the EU Agencies Network 2017-2018
- Reputation barometer
- Update on the implementation of the Stakeholder Engagement Approach
- Amendment to the EFSA budget 2018
- Amendments to Art. 36 list
- Feedback from the Audit Committee