Public consultation on the EFSA statement on the requirements for whole genome sequence analysis of microorganisms intentionally used in the food chain

28 February 2020
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EFSA is consulting interested parties on its statement on how to conduct and describe the whole genome sequence (WGS) based analysis of microorganisms used in the food chain. The scope of this document is to provide recommendations to applicants on how to describe the analysis and results of WGS-based characterisation of microorganisms. These data should be submitted to EFSA and used in the risk assessment of microoganisms to be used in the food chain as such or as production strains of substances of interest.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 28 February 2020.

Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the chapter and line numbers. To submit additional data to support your comments or files, there is an upload function available in the tool (for a maximum size of 1Mb file). Otherwise you can also contact the following mailbox feedap [at] .

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 what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • 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 which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

Copyright-cleared contributions

Persons or organizations 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 should inter alia be copyright cleared 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

Contributions will be published (as part of an EFSA report published together with the final opinion) and may be re-used by EFSA in a different context. It should be noted that contributions 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. Contributions submitted on behalf of an organisation are also made publicly available and attributed to the organization in question.

Submit comments (deadline: 28 February 2020)

16 January 2020