Annual report of the Scientific Network on Microbiological Risk Assessment 2017
Among the tasks of EFSA, according to its Founding Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 178/2002), there is the establishment of a system of Networks of organisations operating in the fields within EFSA’s mission, the objective being to facilitate a scientific cooperation framework by the coordination of activities, the exchange of information, the development and implementation of joint projects, the exchange of expertise and best practices. Additionally, the EFSA Science Strategy 2012–2016 set the objective of developing, together with Member States’ competent authorities, multi-annual work programmes focused on filling data gaps and on setting priorities for data collections. To implement the above provisions various Networks were established. The Scientific Network on Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA Network) had its first meeting in 2007 and, ever since, one or two meetings per year have been held. Currently, 25 European Union Member States and two observer countries (Switzerland and Norway) are members of the MRA Network. In 2017, the MRA Network held its biannual meetings on 4–5 April and 10–11 October 2017, in Parma. A wide range of topics related to microbial risk assessment were discussed during the two meetings.