EFSA updates processes for handling Declarations of Interest

EFSA has just adopted a comprehensive policy to update its processes for handling the Declarations of Interest made by its scientific experts, management and staff. This further strengthens the robustness and transparency of EFSA’s existing internal mechanisms to safeguard the independence of its scientific work.

EFSA’s independent status is one of the main reasons it was set up. Consequently, experts working for EFSA are required to make annual Declarations listing all relevant interests arising from employment, fees, affiliations, etc. which are published online. They also make specific Declarations of Interest for each meeting and mandate.

The new policy includes a detailed procedure for screening these Declarations, identifying any potential conflicts of interest and taking appropriate action. It also contains full guidance on how to make a Declaration of Interests in order to harmonise the process across EFSA.