Legal notice

The information on the EFSA website is subject to the following:

  • a disclaimer;
  • a linking policy;
  • a copyright notice;
  • rules on personal data protection and information on the use of cookies on the website.
  1. Disclaimer

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its activities and initiatives. EFSA’s goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to EFSA’s attention, EFSA will do its utmost to correct them as soon as possible.

EFSA accepts no responsibility or liability (including, but not limited to, any direct or consequential loss or damage that might occur to you and/or any other third party) arising out of, or in connection with the information on this site, including information relating to the documents it publishes.  EFSA cannot be held liable for errors, inaccuracies or inconsistencies with regard to texts available on its website being different from the scientific and administrative documents officially adopted, issued or endorsed by its responsible governance bodies. In case of disagreement between the adopted text and the document made publicly available on EFSA’s website, the official text will always prevail. 

Information published on the EFSA website:

  • is supposed to reflect the information and state of knowledge available on the date it was adopted or endorsed;
  • is not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
  • is not to be interpreted as professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

It is EFSA’s goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However, some data or information on EFSA’s website may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and EFSA cannot guarantee that its service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems.

EFSA accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites. 

This disclaimer is not intended to limit EFSA’s liability in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under such law. 

  1. Linking policy

EFSA encourages organisations and individuals to create links to its website under the following conditions:

  • links must not be used in a defamatory context;
  • links to the EFSA website should not be displayed in a manner which suggests endorsement of any commercial product or service or of any scientific or administrative output or of the information or text in the context of which it is published;
  • links should not confuse users of the other website as to the source of the content.  EFSA should be fully acknowledged as a source or author of the relevant documents;
  • links to the EFSA website should not be displayed alongside advertising.

Some EFSA pages link to other external websites. EFSA is not responsible for the content of any pages referred to from its website.  Linking to another website should not be taken as an endorsement by EFSA.  Users clicking and visiting another site are subject to the policies applicable to the new site.

  1. Copyright notice

Copyright © for the entire content of this website unless otherwise stated: European Food Safety Authority – EFSA. Re-use is authorised, provided that EFSA is acknowledged as the source of the material.
For individual documents, the general principle of re-use outlined above may be subject to specific conditions as indicated in individual copyright notices contained therein. Therefore, users are advised to refer to these individual copyright notices. 

The EFSA logo is the exclusive property of the European Food Safety Authority – EFSA and is registered under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the protection of industrial property. Its use is prohibited without the prior written permission of EFSA.

  1. Language policy

Basic information about EFSA is available in all the official EU languages in EFSA’s Corporate Brochure “Science protecting consumers from field to fork”. The document is available on this website as well as on the EU Bookshop website.

All EFSA vacancy notices for recruiting staff are available in all EU official languages.

For disseminating general information about EFSA on its website, including news and publications aimed at the general public, the Authority may translate certain documents into all official EU languages, occasionally also into non EU languages, subject to the requirements of the service and available resources.

In its communications, EFSA uses four EU official languages - English, French, German and Italian (language of EFSA’s host country).

According to the Decision of the Executive Director on the Linguistic Regime of EFSA, “English is the working language of the Authority” and “the only authentic language for documents issued by the Authority”. Therefore, scientific outputs and corporate documents are published in English only.

  1. Usage of the website
  1. Personal Data Protection

EFSA is committed to user privacy.  It processes your personal data only for the purposes indicated below. 

The policy on the processing of personal data by the Union institutions is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000. 

You can browse through the EFSA website without giving any information about yourself, subject to what is mentioned below regarding logged information and the use of cookies on the EFSA website. Nonetheless, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide certain e-services.

In this respect:

  • for each specific e-service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures the conformity with data protection rules;
  • at EFSA, the Data Protection Officer, DataProtectionOfficer [at] efsa.europa.eu, monitors compliance with the Regulation and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see art. 24 of the Regulation);
  • for all EU Institutions and Agencies, the European Data Protection Supervisor acts as an independent supervisory authority with regard to the data protection (see art. 41 to 45 of the Regulation).
  1. E-services

An e-service on the EFSA website aims to improve communication between the website user and EFSA.  Below you will find information on some specific e-services offered on the EFSA website.

  • Information Services ‘Ask EFSA’ and ‘Applications helpdesk’: by means of these e-services, personal data (email address, name) are collected. If users send us personal information by email, or by filling out a form on our website, that information is used to respond to the messages and to help us to provide the information requested. Unless indicated differently for a specific tool, after answering, EFSA may keep personal data for a maximum of 6 months.
  • e-Subscriptions via the EFSA website: EFSA relies on the external service provider www.mailchimp.com for the registration and management of subscriptions to its newsletter. This service provider is based in the US and EFSA has signed with the company specific terms on data processing, compliant with the model contractual clauses of the European Commission.  Your personal data (name, e-mail account) are processed solely for the purpose of your newsletter subscription and related services (alerts, notifications) and the data will under no circumstances be shared with any third party unrelated to this purpose. 
  • Twitter policy: EFSA’s Twitter account is managed by the EFSA Communications Department on behalf of EFSA staff. EFSA issues tweets covering some of the following: press releases, web news stories, or other news content such as the launch of public consultations or official correspondence. Additional Twitter accounts focused on specific themes or areas of work are maintained by various units. Please note that if you follow @EFSA_EU or any other EFSA’s Twitter account we will not automatically follow you back. EFSA will update and monitor its Twitter account during office hours, Monday to Friday.
  1. Cookies and Analytics – how do we use cookies?
  • Session cookies: A session cookie exists only in temporary memory while the user navigates the website. Session cookies are deleted when the user closes the browser. 
  • Third-party cookies: the following third-party cookies are used on the EFSA website:   

Google Analytics cookies   

 

EFSAs website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google analytics cookies are used to collect information about the way visitors use our site. EFSA uses this information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. Cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors to the site come from and the pages they visit. Compliant with privacy standards, the IP address information is rendered anonymous by means of suppressing part of the IP digit code, preventing storage of the full IP address information.
More info on Google Analytics Terms of Service.
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To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

YouTube cookies   

 

Most videos available on the EFSA website are embedded from EFSA’s official YouTube channel. YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode is enabled, which means that YouTube will not store cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos. More info available on YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Other
third-party cookies   
  Cookies from multimedia content player sessions, e.g. Soundcloud for audiocasts or other audio or visual support programmes embedded on the EFSA website 

How to control cookies?

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent the use of cookies. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

  1.  Statement on confidential information

In the area of EFSA’s mission, several specific legal acts provide confidentiality clauses setting out the conditions in which certain documents or information may be disclosed. For certain matters the legislator has given EU bodies other than EFSA (e.g. the Commission or the Member States) the competence to accept/reject confidentiality claims of third parties with regard to the data processed under the specific legal act.

  1. Specific data protection notices