EFSA invites scientific experts to join its Scientific Committee and Panels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a call today to renew the membership of its Scientific Committee and Panels[1]. Scientists are invited to respond to the call, which closes on 7 January 2009. Selected applicants will be offered a renewable three-year mandate and will join Europe’s network of leading food safety scientists from summer 2009. 

EFSA is inviting applications from highly qualified scientists from Europe and beyond, with expertise in a wide range of scientific fields such as toxicology, contaminants in the food chain, biological hazards, GMOs, feedstuffs, plant health and plant protection products, animal health and welfare, dietetic products, allergies, novel foods and nutrition[2]. Applicants should demonstrate experience in carrying out scientific risk assessment and have proven scientific excellence in one, or preferably several, of the fields in EFSA’s remit. This is the second renewal of EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Panels since their establishment in 2003.

“In order to ensure that the Authority delivers the best scientific advice at the right time and in the most appropriate manner, it is crucial that EFSA continues to attract scientific experts with a high level of expertise. We hope this call will provide a further opportunity for the Authority to expand its scientific network, including broader involvement of scientists from the new Member States,” said EFSA’s Director of Risk Assessment, Riitta Maijala.

“EFSA will also rely on the efforts of its Advisory Forum and their Focal Points to make sure all national authorities, universities and research institutes across the EU can inform their network of scientists about the call,” said Dr Maijala.

The Scientific Committee and Panels deliver high-quality scientific advice for Europe’s decision makers to act and protect consumers, animals and plants. To date, EFSA has delivered over 1,000 scientific opinions and reports.

Supported by EFSA’s Risk Assessment Directorate and Scientific Committee & Advisory Forum Unit, the Scientific Committee and Panels are responsible for providing independent scientific advice on all matters related to food and feed safety, nutrition, animal welfare, and plant health protection and plant protection products.

The call has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, on EFSA’s website. Advertisements will also run in leading international scientific journals and national newspapers.

Scientists are invited to apply to the call from 23 October, 2008 until 7 January, 2009 via the EFSA website, where full information is available.

[1] All EFSA Panels, except the new ANS Panel on food additives and nutrient sources added to food and CEF Panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids that were created in July 2008.
The panels being renewed in summer 2009: Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW); Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ); Panel on Contaminants in the food chain (CONTAM); Panel on Feed Additives and products or substances used in animal feed (FEEDAP); Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO); Panel on Dietetic products, nutrition and allergies (NDA); Panel on Plant Health (PLH); Panel on Plant Protection Products and their residues (PPR); Scientific Committee (SC).
[2] A full list of the required expertise is indicated in the “competencies” fields of the online application form.

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