Guidance on expert knowledge elicitation – EFSA launches public consultation

EFSA is consulting on draft guidance to help the Authority access specialist knowledge for use in risk assessment when relevant information is not available in scientific literature or publicly accessible databases. The guidance outlines how to access expertise found in national authorities, industry, the scientific community and other sectors in a manner which ensures neutrality and comprehensiveness, addressing all relevant areas needed. It explains how to obtain knowledge from such specialists and analyse their answers to extract reliable, unbiased and reproducible information. All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to comment on the document through an online public consultation that runs until 30 September 2013.