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Public consultation on the draft guidance on commodity risk assessment for the evaluation of high risk plants dossiers

In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health (PLH) has launched an open consultation on its draft guidance on commodity risk assessment for the evaluation of high risk plants dossiers. This document presents the methodology EFSA PLH Panel will follow when performing a commodity risk assessment for high risk commodities. This Guidance describes a two-step approach for the assessment of pest risk associated with a specified commodity. In the first step, pests associated with the commodity that requires phytosanitary measures are identified. In the second step, the overall efficacy of proposed risk reduction options for each pest is evaluated. A conclusion on the pest-freedom status of the commodity is achieved.

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Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the consultation;
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  • are not related to the contents 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 from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

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