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Public consultation on the draft EFSA Strategy 2027

EFSA has launched an open consultation on its draft Strategy for the 2022-2027 period. It sets out how we intend to respond to the changing operating environment and captures the implementation actions for the Transparency Regulation as well as new measures in line with the EU policy developments.

The document is structured in three main parts. The first part describes EFSA’s strategic foundation – the elements that give purpose and meaning to our day-to-day activities, including the key values. The second part details the outcome of an analysis that EFSA carried out of its internal and external environment. The aim of the analysis was to identify the critical challenges and opportunities that we will face in the future and to explore their relevance to the organisation in the medium and long term. The third part of the document sets out the strategic objectives, expected outcomes and results that will guide us through the next six years:

Strategic Objective 1 I Deliver trustworthy scientific advice and communication of risks from farm to fork. 

Strategic Objective 2 I Ensure preparedness for future risk analysis needs 

Strategic Objective 3 I Empower people and ensure organisational agility 

This is accompanied by a high-level implementation plan, detailing what activities EFSA will carry out to achieve the objectives.  

We invite interested parties to submit written comments by 02 May 2021. Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. While the template is the only platform to be used for submitting comments, additional information to support your comments (supporting documents) can be submitted using the upload function available in the tool (for files with a maximum size of 1 Mb). In case of technical issues in the upload of the supporting files you can contact specific unit’s functional mailbox: gps [at]

All comments related to the EFSA Strategy must be inserted in the electronic submission. Comments will not be considered unless submitted via the platform, e.g. comments submitted as part of any attachments will not be accepted.

Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the consultation;
  • are presented in any form other than that indicated in the instructions and the template;
  • are not related to the content of the document;
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material;
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA will assess all comments which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by EFSA and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

Copyright-cleared contributions

Persons or organisations participating in a Public Consultation of EFSA are responsible for ensuring that they hold all the rights necessary for their submissions and consequent publication by EFSA. Comments and any additional information supporting the comments should inter alia be copyright-cleared by taking into account EFSA’s transparency policy and practice to publish all submissions. In case the submission reproduces third-party content in the form of charts, graphs or images, the required prior permissions of the right holder(s) should have been obtained by the PC respondent.

Publication of contributions

The comments and the related supporting information submitted will be published (as part of an EFSA report published together with the final documents) and may be re-used by EFSA in a different context. It should be noted that comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be published as such, indicating the author’s first and family name, unless a substantial justification for protection is provided by the respondent. Comments submitted on behalf of an organisation are also made publicly available and attributed to the organisation in question.

Please note that additional information provided to support comments will be published as well. Besides ensuring that the submission is copyright-cleared, public consultation respondents shall ensure that the material can be published as such by EFSA without any need for further editing or redaction, including the masking or suppression of any personally identifiable information (e.g.: person’s name, contact details, signature).

Submit comments by 02 May 2021