Chairs elected to renewed ANS and CEF Panels

Two of EFSA’s Scientific Panels recently renewed their membership for a one-year term starting on 1 July 2017. Prof Maged Younes was elected Chair of the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) and will be supported by Prof Dr Ursula Gundert-Remy and Prof Dr Ruud Woutersen as Vice-Chairs. Prof Vittorio Silano was re-elected Chair of the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF), with Prof Dr Karl-Heinz Engel and Dr Detlef Wölfle as Vice-Chairs.

The two Panels have challenging work programmes during their shorter one-year mandates:

The ANS Panel assesses the safety of food additives, nutrient sources and other substances deliberately added to food, excluding flavourings and enzymes. Over the next 12 months the Panel will continue to work at full steam on the re-evaluation of hundreds of currently authorised food additives. Further progress between now and 2018 will help with the timely completion of the planned re-evaluations.

The CEF Panel deals with questions on the safety of use of food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids, and also with questions related to the safety of plastic recycling processes. Key on the Panel’s work plan is the re-evaluation of the food contact material bisphenol a (BPA), which will start in early 2018. Recent advances in assessing exposure will also help to push forward a major programme of food enzyme evaluations in the pipeline.

The new term will end on 30 June 2018, as the responsibilities of the two Panels will slightly change and the membership will be renewed again in July 2018.

Be a safe-food scientist

In view of next year’s Panel renewal, EFSA has recently launched a call for scientific experts for its ten Scientific Panels and its Scientific Committee. Interested scientists can still apply until 8 September 2017.

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