Inter-agency scientific cooperation: EFSA’s contribution in 2015
Antimicrobial resistance, pesticides, bee health and emerging risks are some of the key topics on the EU agenda. To address these and many other issues in the most comprehensive and effective way, EFSA closely collaborates with other EU agencies and the European Commission’s research and scientific services. This ensures that expertise and data are shared, methodological approaches harmonised and resources used efficiently.
In its latest annual report on scientific cooperation, EFSA shows how collaboration between EU agencies, their networks and institutions contributed to building the European Union’s scientific risk assessment capacity and knowledge community in 2015.
EFSA played an active role in the EU Agencies Network on Scientific Advice (EU-ANSA), which addresses topics of shared interest to all EU agencies that provide scientific advice. In 2015, these issues included horizon-scanning, open data, peer review, uncertainty and research needs.
EFSA cooperated with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the EU’s main scientific research institute, on cross-cutting issues, including bee health, landscape risk assessment, and emerging risks and plant health.
Joint efforts with EU sister agencies
EFSA has a long record of cooperating with EU sister agencies such as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
In 2015, EFSA worked with ECDC on projects related to food-borne diseases; zoonoses and anti-microbial resistance; rapid risk assessments; avian influenza; vector-borne diseases; and molecular surveillance. EFSA and ECHA advanced the harmonisation of their risk assessment work for pesticides, biocides and industrial chemicals last year. Cooperation between EFSA and EMA focused on potentially overlapping areas of their respective specialisms. Cooperation between the two agencies included work on antimicrobial resistance, animal health, nanomaterials and pesticides.
EFSA will continue to collaborate with relevant EU agencies and institutions in a coordinated partnership approach to ensure the safety of food consumed by EU citizens.