After completing the initial selection of applications received from stakeholders who expressed interest in supporting and contributing to EFSA’s work, EFSA has compiled a List of Registered Stakeholders.
The selection process was carried out following the principles established in the Decision of the Management Board on the criteria for establishing a list of stakeholders, the Stakeholder Forum and Stakeholder Bureau.
Stakeholders have been contributing to EFSA’s work since the Authority was established in 2002. Now, as part of its five-year strategy, the Authority is committed to prioritising public and stakeholder involvement in the process of risk assessment.
The new approach will enable EFSA to interact with a larger range of stakeholders through a range of permanent and targeted platforms. Representatives of food industry and business, farmer organisations, consumer and environment NGOs, distributors, practitioners and academia will have the opportunity to engage with EFSA and provide input at different stages of the risk assessment process.
The Stakeholder Forum, an annual gathering, will enable stakeholders to provide strategic input to EFSA’s work plan and priorities. The Stakeholder Bureau will comprise one representative from each of the seven stakeholder categories and provide input with regards to societal concerns on issues in EFSA’s remit. In addition, registered stakeholders will have the opportunity to engage with EFSA on specific scientific issues through a series of ad hoc platforms such as mandate and discussion groups, roundtables, info sessions and communicator labs.
Registration will remain open and EFSA will select new registered stakeholders on a quarterly basis.
If you are interested in becoming a registered stakeholder, please complete the online form.
Before submitting your application, you are advised to consult the following documents:
- Proposal for a framework for interaction between the European Food Safety Authority and the Stakeholder Forum
- Proposal for a framework for interaction between the European Food Safety Authority and the Stakeholder Bureau
EFSA’s Stakeholder Engagement Approach is based on the principles of authenticity and inclusiveness and aims to establish a balanced representation of views and interests. It gives stakeholder communities an equal opportunity to engage with the Authority regardless of their size or nature.