EFSA launches call to renew two Scientific Panels

Are you a scientist with experience in chemical risk assessment? Do you want to make a difference to European food safety? Then apply to join the European Food Safety Authority’s two Scientific Panels dealing with food ingredients and packaging and be part of Europe’s network of top food safety scientists.

The successful applicants will become members of the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) or the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) from 1 July 2017.

EFSA is looking for scientists with expertise in the risk assessment of chemical substances. Specifically, the ANS Panel addresses questions related to safety in the use of: food additives; nutrient sources; and other substances intentionally added to food, such as plants and herbal extracts.

Experts on the CEF Panel specialise in the assessment of food enzymes; flavouring substances; chemicals used in the production of plastic or other food contact materials; and processes and processing aids.

The two Panels carry out their evaluations mainly in response to industry applications related to food ingredients and packaging.

Juliane Kleiner, Head of EFSA’s Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products Department, said: “These two groups of experts are responsible for a substantial part of EFSA’s work in the area of regulated products, and have challenging programmes.

“The focus of the ANS Panel’s work in the coming years will be in the re-evaluation programme of food additives, particularly emulsifiers, stabilisers, gelling agents and sweeteners.

“One of the main tasks for our CEF experts will be the evaluation of food enzymes, including those from genetically modified microorganisms, with a view to establishing an EU-approved list.

“This is demanding, highly interesting and rewarding work.”

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2016. For full details please see the Call for expression of interest.

The role of EFSA’s Scientific Panels

EFSA’s Scientific Panels – each typically composed of 21 members – produce scientific advice for risk managers. This helps to provide a sound foundation for the formulation of European policies and legislation and supports risk managers in taking decisions. Members are expected to attend and contribute to regular meetings where scientific opinions, statements or guidance documents are adopted. Find out more on the EFSA website.

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