One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to openness, transparency and dialogue is through our engagement with stakeholders.
Who are EFSA’s ‘stakeholders’?
- They are any individuals or groups that are concerned or stand to be affected by EFSA’s scientific assessments. We distinguish between ‘Institutional Stakeholders’ and ‘Civil Society Stakeholders’.
- Institutional stakeholders are organisations with whom EFSA has a legal obligation to work under EU rules: Member States, EU institutions and agencies and scientific organisations.
Civil Society stakeholders
Civil Society stakeholders are consumer groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and food industry operators such as farmers, manufacturers, distributors, caterers and science professionals. We strive to forge relationships with these stakeholders and offer them opportunities to be consulted and to consult us on scientific matters.
EFSA must develop, “effective contacts with consumer representatives, producer representatives, processors and any other interested parties”
– Article 42, EFSA’s Founding Regulation
- Formally, we engage with stakeholders through the tri-annual Stakeholder Consultative Platform (which requires membership) and the EFSA annual scientific colloquia. Stakeholders can also contribute to EFSA’s work through public consultations on scientific subjects and calls to submit data and information.
- We welcome anyone who is interested to attend EFSA conferences, public events and open scientific meetings, some of which are webcast. During such events members of the public usually can comment and share insights and relevant data. We also hold public events such as Open Days where people can meet and ask questions to EFSA scientists about our work.
- Stakeholders who have questions on applications for the scientific evaluation of regulated products can contact EFSA’s Applications Helpdesk
Stakeholder Consultative Platform
- EFSA’s Stakeholder Consultative Platform was created in 2005. Pan-European stakeholder organisations working in areas related to the food chain can become members after a public call for expressions of interest. Collectively, they advise EFSA’s Executive Director on EFSA’s work and provide feedback on the effectiveness of EFSA’s policies in response to stakeholders’ concerns.
- The 24 member organisations of the Stakeholder Consultative Platform are NGOs representing consumers; NGOs involved in public health, plant health, animal health and welfare and environmental protection; farmers and primary processors; food industry; trade and catering.
- The Platform meets three times per year and provides a forum for dialogue, exchange of ideas, information and views. It also sets up specialist Stakeholder consultative groups on specific issues such as emerging risks, transparency and access to information, and also on food chemical occurrence data.