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Transparency

Openness and transparency have been key values for EFSA since it was established in 2002. As a public body, EFSA is accountable to the people it was set up to serve – the citizens of the European Union, without whose trust and confidence the Authority cannot function effectively.

new regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain, which has been in application since 27 March 2021, strengthens the Authority’s ability to carry out its risk assessment functions in accordance with the highest transparency standards.

During the main implementation phase of the regulation leading up to its entry into application, EFSA liaised closely with stakeholders via a dedicated Sounding Board and several technical groups. You can find more information here.

EFSA communicates proactively about relevant change, updates and news related to the Transparency Regulation. Upcoming meetings and training opportunities are published in the EFSA calendar.

EFSA works continually to improve the digital tools available to applicants and other stakeholders. Information on upcoming digital enhancements is available here.

EFSA is also committed to ensuring that business operators and applicants have all the information and support they need to make a smooth transition to the new environment. Advice and supporting materials are available at the Applicants’ Toolkit section of the EFSA website, And a dedicated LinkedIn group to support applicants.

The regulation was introduced with the aim of increasing the transparency of risk assessment in the food chain, to strengthen the reliability, objectivity and independence of the studies submitted to EFSA, and reinforce the governance of EFSA in order to ensure its long-term sustainability. In particular it stipulates that:

  • Citizens will have access to studies and information submitted by industry in the risk assessment process. Stakeholders and the general public will also be consulted on submitted studies.
  • EFSA will be made aware of all commissioned studies to guarantee that companies applying for authorisations submit all relevant information. The Authority will also offer advice to applicants prior to the submission of dossiers.
  • The European Commission may ask EFSA to commission additional studies and may carry out fact-finding missions to verify that laboratories/studies comply with quality standards.