Outcome of a public consultation on the draft “Guidance on the assessment criteria for applications for new or modified stunning methods regarding animal protection at the time of killing”
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out a public consultation to receive input from the scientific community and all interested parties on a Draft Scientific Guidance of the EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW Panel) on the assessment criteria for applications for new or modified stunning methods regarding animal protection at the time of killing. The Draft Guidance proposed three main sections i) guidance for handling applications on stunning methods, ii) suitability check of data for risk assessment and iii) risk assessment of the stunning method. Applicants could submit comments related to each of the three sections. The draft was discussed and endorsed for public consultation by the AHAW Panel at its plenary meeting on 06‐07 March 2018. The consultation was carried out via the internet and was open from 13 March 2018 till 24 April 2018. Interested parties were invited to submit comments and to refer to the line and page numbers. All eligible comments were recorded and assessed by the ad‐hoc Working Group on “Revision of the stunning guidance” of the AHAW Panel. The AHAW Panel prepared an updated version of the guidance taking into account the relevant comments received. The Scientific Opinion was discussed and adopted at the AHAW Plenary meeting on the 11th of June 2018, and is published in the EFSA Journal (EFSA AHAW Panel, 2018).