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About us

Who we are, what we do

EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament) and EU Member States.

It was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s to be a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. The agency was legally established by the EU under the General Food Law – Regulation 178/2002.

How we work

Principles and practices
Most of EFSA's works is undertaken in response to requests for scientific advice from the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Member States.


Ensuring independence and efficiency
EFSA is governed by a Management Board whose members are mandated to act in the public interest.

External experts

Independent assessments and advice
The knowledge, skills and experience of EFSA's scientific experts are at the core of our work.


Working together to keep Europe's food safe
Food safety issues do not respect national borders. That's why cooperation is central to our scientific work.


Corporate documents and publications