Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids


The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF)* evaluates the safety of chemical substances added to food or used in food packaging, and related processes. The Panel's work mainly concerns substances and processes evaluated by EFSA before their use can be authorised in the EU.

CEF Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

  • Chemical risk assessment focusing on food enzymes, flavouring substances, chemicals used in the production of plastic materials or other food packaging
  • Toxicology (mammalian): sub-chronic and chronic toxicity (repeated dose studies), genotoxicity and mutagenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity, allergenicity and immunotoxicity
  • Toxicity testing in experimental animals and alternative toxicity tests
  • Toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics (ADME - absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion) of substances
  • Epidemiology (humans)
  • Chemistry (organic, analytical and synthetic chemistry), especially for the chemical identification and specification of chemical substances and for migration testing of food contact materials
  • Exposure assessment and consumption surveys
  • Food technology (manufacturing processes and use of processing aids)
  • Food microbiology including enzyme biotechnology using genetically-modified microorganisms

*The CEF Panel will be re-established as the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) following the renewal of EFSA’s Scientific Panels in 2018. The new Panel will hand over responsibility for evaluation of flavourings to the new FAF Panel, which replaces the current ANS Panel.

Panel members 

CEF Panel Members, 2014-2017. View Declarations of Interests and CVs.

Name Role Name Role
Silano, Vittorio Chair Husøy, Trine Member
Mennes, Wim Vice-Chair Kärenlampi, Sirpa, Member as of July 2015 Member
Wölfle, Detlef Vice-Chair Milana, Maria Rosaria Member
Bolognesi, Claudia Member Penninks, André Member
Castle, Laurence Member Smith, Andrew Member
Cravedi, Jean-Pierre Member Tavares Poças, Maria De Fatima Member
Engel, Karl-Heinz Member Tlustos, Christina Member
Fowler, Paul Member Toldrá, Fidel, Member until September 2015 Member
Franz, Roland Member Zorn, Holger Member
Grob, Konrad Member Zugravu, Corina-Aurelia, Member as of July 2015 Member
Gürtler, Rainer Member    


Previous panel members 

The Declarations of Interests and CVs of previous Panel members are available upon request.


  • Mennes Wim, Chair as of April 2014
  • Castle Laurence, Vice-Chair as of April 2014
  • Wölfle Detlef, Vice-Chair
  • Beckman Sundh Ulla, Member
  • Binderup Mona-Lise, Member
  • Bolognesi Claudia, Member
  • Brimer Leon, Member
  • Di Domenico Alessandro, Member
  • Engel Karl-Heinz, Member
  • Franz Roland, Member
  • Gontard Nathalie, Member
  • Guertler Rainer, Member
  • Husoy Trine, Member
  • Jany Klaus-Dieter, Member
  • Kolf-Clauw Martine, Member
  • Milana Maria Rosaria, Member
  • Pratt Iona, Chair until February 2014 †
  • Svensson Kettil, Member
  • Tavares Pocas Maria de Fatima, Member
  • Toldra Fidel, Member


  • Klaus-Dieter Jany, Chair
  • Karl-Heinz Engel, Vice-chair
  • Wim Mennes, Vice-chair
  • Arturo Anadon
  • David Bell, until end of November 2009
  • Mona-Lise Binderup
  • Wilfried Bursch
  • Laurence Castle
  • Riccardo Crebelli
  • Roland Franz
  • Nathalie Gontard
  • Thomas Haertle
  • Trine Husoy
  • Catherine Leclercq
  • Jean-Claude Lhuguenot
  • Maria Rosaria Milana
  • Karla Pfaff
  • Kettil Svensson
  • Fidel Toldra
  • Rosemary Waring
  • Detlef Woelfle