Guidance on selected default values to be used by the EFSA Scientific Committee, Scientific Panels and Units in the absence of actual measured data

Body weight, liquid intake, dose conversion, default values, uncertainty factors, rounding of figures
First published in the EFSA Journal
7 March 2012
8 February 2012


This guidance of the Scientific Committee, prepared on request of EFSA, describes the scientific rationale for a number of default values to be used in a harmonised way across EFSA Scientific Committee, Scientific Panels and Units; it also harmonises the rules for rounding derived values, such as health-based guidance values. The aim of this guidance document is not standardisation and it is therefore always possible to deviate from the proposed default values, provided that the rationale for such deviation is described and justified. The Scientific Committee recommends that where default values are defined in legislation, these should be reconsidered in the light of this guidance document. Furthermore, the Scientific Committee recommends that the proposed default values and their possible impact for risk assessment should be discussed between relevant European bodies and international organisations for wider harmonisation.

Panel members at the time of adoption

Boris Antunović, Sue Barlow, Andrew Chesson, Albert Flynn, Anthony Hardy, Michael Jeger, Ada Knaap, Harry Kuiper, David Lovell, Birgit Nørrung, Iona Pratt, Ivonne Rietjens, Josef Schlatter, Vittorio Silano, Frans Smulders and Philippe Vannier
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EFSA Journal 2012;10(3):2579
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