A new toolbox to rank risks

EFSA’s experts have developed a toolbox that will help risk assessors prioritise the most significant microbiological risks.

The toolbox is primarily intended for experts of the Panel on Biological Hazards, but could also be used by other Panels and national food safety authorities. It will support a timely and transparent risk ranking. Experts have also assessed the available risk ranking tools and investigated how uncertainty can be taken into account in risk ranking models.

EFSA has also published an external scientific report which reviews the methodologies for ranking of risks related to food and feed safety, on the basis of their anticipated impact on human health. Experts have developed a framework – a decision tool that will help risk managers and risk assessors select the most appropriate methodology depending on the risk ranking question.