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1. Receipt of request
Send requests for scientific advice to EFSA
EFSA may also undertake work on its own initiative known as self-tasking, particularly in fields such as emerging risks where scientific knowledge and approaches are continually evolving.
Once accepted by EFSA,
requests become Mandates
Mandates are assigned to one or more scientific Panels or the Scientific Committee, depending on the scientific area and the expertise needed.
The Panel or the Scientific Committee sets up a Working Group of experts to carry out the risk assessment or assigns the task to an existing Working Group.
The Working Group experts do the detailed scientific work
If there is a need for further data, EFSA may draw on EFSA's data collection networks or launch an open call for data
The Working Group develops a draft opinion and submits it to the Panel for discussion and possible adoption
EFSA often holds
consultations on its draft opinions
The Scientific Committee or Panel reviews the feedback received to draft the final opinion
EFSA may decide to hold an open consultation to support the development of a draft opinion, particularly on issues with a high level of expert and stakeholder interest. Interested parties are invited to submit relevant information and data, usually on a draft document published on EFSA's website. The Scientific Committee or Panel reviews this feedback and takes it into account in its final opinion.
The Scientific Committee or
Panel adopts the opinion by
Possible minority opinions are recorded
EFSA sends the opinion to the original requesters.
The European Commission
Other National food safety bodies
The European Parliament
The Opinion is
the EFSA JournalEFSA Journal, EFSA's open-access, online scientific journal
The EFSA Journal is a free, online, open access scientific journal published EFSA. It provides the platform for EFSA's scientific work to the outside world. On average the EFSA Journal publishes over 500 articles each year including editorials and special issues.
They use the scientific opinions to support their policy-making and legislative decisions on food and feed safety