EFSA is committed to openness, transparency and dialogue. One of the ways the Authority demonstrates this is through its activities with stakeholders.
Who are EFSA’s stakeholders?
EFSA regards a ‘stakeholder’ as an individual or group that is concerned or stands to be affected by matters relevant to its work in scientific risk assessment. A distinction is made between ‘Civil Society Stakeholders’ and ‘Institutional Stakeholders’.
Civil Society Stakeholders
Civil Society Stakeholders are consumer groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and those working directly in the food industry such as farmers, manufacturers, distributors, caterers and science professionals. EFSA strives to forge relationships with Civil Society Stakeholders and offers them the opportunity to consult on specific scientific matters. This is critical to EFSA’s work as mentioned in EFSA’s founding regulation (Article 42). This states that EFSA must develop, “effective contacts with consumer representatives, producer representatives, processors and any other interested parties”. Its formal activities with ‘Civil Society Stakeholders’ include the triannual stakeholder consultative platform and the EFSA Annual Colloquia.
- EFSA’s Founding Regulation EC 178/2002 - Eur-lex
In addition to formalized activities that require membership, EFSA also promotes relations with the general public and those who feel they can contribute to the Authority’s work. This can be through public consultations on specific scientific subjects and data collection activities where any interested member of the public can submit relevant data and information, and through public events such as Open Days.
EFSA also interacts with stakeholders and the general public through conferences and public events, some of which are made available via webcast. During such events members of the public usually have the chance to make comments, share news and relevant data.
Stakeholders who have questions regarding applications for the scientific evaluation of regulated products, can contact EFSA’s Applications Helpdesk
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EFSA regards ‘Institutional Stakeholders’ as those whom the Authority has a legal obligation to work with under Community rules, e.g. the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States. This relationship is demonstrated by the EFSA Advisory Forum and Management Board, through scientific cooperation as described in Article 36 (of the Founding Regulation), and through regular relations with policy-makers, decision-makers and Commission officials.