EFSA’s Expert Database (EDB) was established with the intent of creating a database of external scientific experts that could be queried in order to support the activities carried out by the Scientific Committee, the Scientific Panels and their working groups. During 2013 a total number of 311 applications were received and by the end of 2013 the EDB held information on 3,607 experts, 95% of which shared their profile with external users of the database (Advisory Forum and Focal Point Network members and the European Commission). All EU Member States (MS) and countries of the European Economic Area/ European Free Trade Association (EEA/EFTA countries) as well as 38 other countries are represented in the EDB. Some MS and EEA/EFTA countries continue to have a relatively low representation. All main areas of expertise that fall within EFSA’s remit are present in the EDB. “New technologies”, “Plant health” and “GMO” were areas of expertise less well represented in the EDB; however “Plant health” has seen some mild growth. “Toxicology” and “Exposure” were also areas of expertise with positive growth rates. An increase in the number of available experts in the less represented areas may be achieved by fostering targeted EDB promotion activities. General promotion activities aimed at increasing the total number of experts included in the EDB, as well as targeted promotion activities in certain countries and scientific areas, continue to be the priority activities foreseen for 2014.
First published in EFSA Supporting Publications:
4 June 2014
27 May 2014