The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is an independent agency of the European Union (EU) funded by the EU budget. Established in order to ensure an independent voice on risks associated with the food chain, EFSA is an integral part of the EU food safety system where risk assessment is separated from risk management. EFSA’s scientific experts carry out risk assessments and give independent advice on food and feed safety to EU decision makers, such as the Commission, the Parliament and Member States.

The Authority applies a robust set of internal mechanisms and working processes to safeguard the independence of its scientific work.

For a comprehensive view of how EFSA guarantees its independence, including its governance structure, rules on the selection of experts, good risk assessment practices, adoption of scientific opinions, EFSA’s policy and rules on declaration of interests and the role of EFSA staff, see: