EFSA marked its 10th anniversary in 2012, an occasion it marked with a number of events and publications highlighting the Authority’s integral role in the European food safety system and the main achievements of its first decade. The organisation also looked to the future and took a number of steps that will mean it continues to play a central part in ensuring the safety of the food chain across Europe. Foremost among these was the publication of the Science Strategy for 2012-2016. EFSA continued to take a more multidisciplinary approach to emerging issues related to food safety such as low-dose effects, endocrine active substances, bee health and chemical mixtures, and to work towards the harmonisation of risk assessment practices. In 2012 the Authority also continued its major work on the modernisation of meat inspection processes, and responded to requests for urgent input on the Schmallenberg virus and Salmonella Stanley.