Competent organisations in Member States

Over 300 universities, institutes, governmental, public and other scientific bodies currently form a network of Member State organisations active in fields within EFSA’s mission.

Networking promotes ties between these organisations through coordination of joint activities, exchange of information, development and implementation of joint scientific projects. It further boosts the sharing of expertise and best practices in these scientific areas.

They carry out various tasks on EFSA’s behalf, in particular preparatory work for scientific opinions, scientific and technical assistance, collection of data, and identification of emerging risks. Some of these tasks may be eligible for financial support (specifically grants).

Which organisations can take part?

Article 36 of EFSA’s founding regulation describes networking of scientific organisations in Member States. That is why they are known as “Article 36 organisations”.

  • Eligibility criteria are set out in the implementing rules (Regulation 2230/2004). Member States designate eligible organisations with support from their national EFSA Focal Point.
  • EFSA’s Management Board regularly updates the List of Article 36 organisations based on this input.


EFSA supports partnerships with and among these organisations through:

  • Joint scientific projects – A variety of EFSA grants are available exclusively to Article 36 organisations. Scientific projects also take place via public procurement procedures.
  • Partner search tool - A tool to help organisations identify potential project partners from different countries or with complementary expertise, from the Article 36 List. All nominated contact persons of Article 36 organisation have access.