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EU Member States

EU Member State scientific support is critical for the normal functioning of the EU food safety system.

  • National food safety authorities give EFSA strategic advice on scientific issues and are the most important contributors of experts to EFSA.
  • National bodies provide the essential data used in EFSA’s scientific assessments. Competent organisations in Member States carry out most of the scientific projects EFSA commissions.
  • EU Member State public information services and communications experts work with EFSA to disseminate the results of EFSA’s assessments, promote engagement and attract scientific experts. These networks are particularly critical during food-related emergencies.

Advisory Forum: national food safety authorities

  • EFSA’s Advisory Forum comprises representatives of the national food safety authorities of the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. Each national authority is responsible for risk assessment of the food chain at national level although the exact roles may vary by country.
  • Observers from Switzerland and the EU Candidate Countries also attend Advisory Forum meetings.
  • Through the Forum, EFSA and the Member States can join forces in addressing European risk assessment and risk communication issues. Members use the Forum to advise EFSA on scientific matters, its work programme and priorities, and to identify emerging risks as early as possible. Members aim to share scientific information, pool resources and co-ordinate work programmes with EFSA and each other,specifically on:
    • Exchange of scientific data
    • Coordinating risk communication activities and messages
    • Addressing contentious issues and diverging opinions
    • Coordinate work and avoid duplication

Advisory Forum “Declaration of Commitment”

The members of EFSA’s Advisory Forum signed a Declaration of Commitment at the forum’s 61st meeting on 28 September 2016 in Bratislava in which they agreed on a range of measures and activities that will ensure that EFSA and Advisory Forum members can together meet future challenges in the area of food safety and so protect European consumers.

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Advisory Forum members and observers

Country Member / alternate Represented organisations
Austria Klemens FUCHS - DoI
Johann STEINWIDER - DoI
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
Belgium Fabien BOLLE
Xavier VAN HUFFEL - DoI
Federal Public Service
Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain
Bulgaria Iliyan KOSTOV - DoI
Donka POPOVA - DoI
Ministry of Health
Risk Assessment Center on Food Chain – Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Croatia Darja SOKOLIĆ-MIHALAK - DoI
Andrea GROSS-BOŠKOVIĆ - DoI
Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (HAPIH)
Cyprus Stelios YIANNOPOULOS - DoI
Charitini FRENARITOU - DoI
Ministry of Health
Czech Republic Jitka GÖTZOVÁ - DoI
Petr BENEŠ - DoI
Ministry of Agriculture
Denmark Christine NELLEMANN - DoI
Dorte Lau BAGGESEN
Technical University of Denmark http://www.dtu.dk/english
Estonia Hendrik KUUSK - DoI
Piret PRIISALU - DoI
Ministry of Rural Affairs
Finland Pia MÄKELÄ - DoI
Pirkko TUOMINEN - DoI
Finnish Food Authority
France Moez SANAA - DoI
Salma ELREEDY - DoI
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES)
Germany Andreas HENSEL - DoI
Tanja SCHWERDTLE - DoI
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
Greece Antonios ZAMPELAS
Stavros ZANNOPOULOS
Hellenic Food Authority (EFET)
Hungary Ákos JÓŹWIAK - DoI
Enikö VARGA - DoI
National Food Chain Safety Office Directorate for Food Safety Risk Assessment
Iceland Hrönn Ólína JÖRUNDSDÓTTIR Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST)
Ireland Pamela BYRNE - DoI
Wayne ANDERSON - DoI
Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
Italy Pierdavide LECCHINI
Simonetta BONATI - DoI
Alessandra PERRELLA - DoI
Ministry of Health
Latvia Vadims BARTKEVIČS - DoI
Olga VALCIŅA
Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR)
Lithuania Deimantė BIKNERYTĖ
Snieguolė ŠČEPONAVIČIENĖ - DoI
State Food and Veterinary Service
National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute
Luxembourg Marc FISCHER - DoI
Patrick HAU - DoI
Ministry of Consumer Protection
Malta Ingrid BUSUTTIL - DoI Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority
Netherlands Antoon OPPERHUIZEN - DoI
Dick T.H.M. SIJM - DoI
Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)
Norway Harald GJEIN
Danica GRAHEK-OGDEN - DoI
Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM)
Poland Jacek POSTUPOLSKI - DoI
Joanna GAJDA-WYRĘBEK
National Institute of Hygiene
Portugal Pedro PORTUGAL GASPAR - DoI
Filipa MELO DE VASCONCELOS - DoI
Portuguese Economy and Food Safety Authority (ASAE)
Romania Simona RĂDULESCU
Andreea ION
National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority
Slovak Republic Milo BYSTRICKY - DoI
Katarína KROMEROVÁ
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic
Slovenia Ada HOČEVAR GROM - DoI
Urška BLAZNIK - DoI
Institute of Public Health
Spain Rafael ESCUDERO ALDAY
Isabel PEÑA-REY
Icíar FIERROS SANCHEZ-CUENC
Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN)
Sweden Per BERGMAN - DoI
Cecilia HULTÉN - DoI
Swedish National Food Agency
National Veterinary Institute

In addition to the Members of the Advisory Forum, the following countries participate as Observers:

Country Member/alternate Represented Organization
Albania Pamela RADOVANI National Food Authority
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzemil HAJRIC Food Safety Agency (FSA)
EU Commission Anastasia ALVIZOU DG Health and Food Safety
North Macedonia Nikolche BABOVSKI
Svetlana TOMESKA MICKOVA
Food and Veterinary Agency
Kosovo* Flamur KADRIU Food and Veterinary Agency
Montenegro Vesna DAKOVIC
Ana VELIMIROVIC
Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs
Serbia Tamara BOŠKOVIĆ Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
Switzerland Vincent DUDLER
Michael BEER
Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) – Risk assessment division
Turkey Şenay EKEN
Serap HANCI
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

Focal points: EU food safety interfaces

Focal Points act as an interface between EFSA and national food safety authorities, research institutes and other stakeholders.

  • The Focal Point network comprises members from all 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, as well as observers from Switzerland and EU candidate countries.
  • The Focal Points significantly improve scientific cooperation and networking activities between and among Member States and EFSA by:
    • assisting in the exchange of scientific information and experts
    • advising on cooperation activities and scientific projects
    • promoting training in risk assessment
    • raising EFSA’s scientific visibility and outreach in Member States
  • EFSA and the Focal Points usually meet four times per year ahead of Advisory Forum meetings. They report to EFSA annually on their activities: until 2013 in Focal Point Activities Reports, since 2014 in EFSA’s Scientific Cooperation Reports

Focal Point members and observers

Country Organisation Contact FP website/E-mail
Austria Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) Johann Steinwider - DoI Austrian FP
efsafocalpoint [at] ages.at
Belgium Federal Public Service (FPS)Health Food Chain Safety and Environment Hind Afrikh Belgian FP
efsafocalpoint [at] health.belgium.be
Bulgaria Risk Assessment Center on Food Chain – Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Donka Popova - DoI

Bulgarian FP
EFSAfocalpoint [at] mzh.government.bg
Croatia Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (HAPIH) Vlatka Buzjak Sluzek - DoI

Croatian FP
Efsa.focalpoint [at] hapih.hr

Cyprus Ministry of Health -
The State General Laboratory
Christophoros Papachrysosotomou - DoI Cypriot FP
efsafocalpoint [at] sgl.moh.gov.cy
Czech Republic Ministry of Agriculture -
Food Safety Department
Petr Beneš - DoI Czech FP
efsa.focalpoint [at] mze.cz
Denmark National Food Institute Vibe Meister Beltoft FocalPoint.EFSA [at] food.dtu.dk
Estonia Ministry of Agriculture -
Food Safety Department
Piret Priisalu - DoI Estonian FP
efsafocalpoint [at] agri.ee
Finland Finnish Food Authority Kirsi-Maarit Siekkinen - DoI Finnish FP
efsafocalpoint [at] foodauthority.fi
France French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) Coralie Bultel - DoI French FP
pointfocal [at] anses.fr
Germany Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) Julia Schöne - DoI German FP
efsa-focal-point [at] bfr.bund.de
Greece Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) Foteini Tzoumanika - DoI Greek FP
efsa [at] efet.gr
Hungary National Food Chain Safety Office Directorate for Food Safety Risk Assessment Judit Sali - DoI Hungarian FP
focalpoint [at] nebih.gov.hu
Iceland The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority Grimur Olafsson - DoI focalpoint [at] mast.is
Ireland Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Grainne Redmond - DoI Irish FP
focalpoint [at] fsai.ie
Italy Ministero della salute Luca Busani - DoI Italian FP
italianfocalpoint [at] sanita.it
Latvia Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment “BIOR” Jānis Ruško Latvian FP
efsa [at] bior.lv
Lithuania State Food and Veterinary Service Simona Bieliauskaitė Lithuanian FP
efsa.focalpoint [at] vmvt.lt
Luxembourg Ministry of Consumer Protection Elisa Barilozzi - DoI Luxembourger FP
focal.point [at] alim.etat.lu
Malta Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Ingrid Busuttil - DoI efsa-fp.mccaa [at] mccaa.org.mt
Norway Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) Gisle Solstad - DoI Norwegian FP
efsafocalpoint-norway [at] vkm.no
Poland Chief Sanitary Inspectorate Katarzyna Floryanowicz-Czekalska - DoI Polish FP
efsa [at] gis.gov.pl
Portugal Portuguese Economy and Food Safety Authority (ASAE) Pedro Portugal Gaspar - DoI Portuguese FP
efsafocalpoint [at] asae.pt
Romania National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority Alexandru Supeanu - DoI efsa.focalpoint [at] ansvsa.ro
Slovak Republic Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Katarína Kromerová Slovak FP
efsa.focalpoint [at] land.gov.sk
Slovenia Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Mateja Juvan Slovenian FP
efsa.mko [at] gov.si
Spain Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) María José Rubio Mañas - DoI Spanish FP
pfefsa [at] aesan.gob.es
Sweden Swedish National Food Agency Karin Nyberg - DoI Swedish FP
efsa.focalpoint [at] slv.se
The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) Linda Kox - DoI Dutch FP
VWAEFSAfocalpoint [at] vwa.nl

 

In addition to the Members of the Focal Point network, the following countries participate as Observers:

Country Organisation Contact FP website/E-mail
Albania Shpresa Ohri Albania FP
focalpoint.albania [at] aku.gov.al
Bosnia and Herzegovina Food Safety Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dalibor Vidacak Bosnia and Herzegovina FP
efsafocalpoint [at] fsa.gov.ba
North Macedonia Food and Veterinary Agency Svetlana Tomeska Mickova Republic of North Macedonia FP
focalpoint [at] fva.gov.mk
Kosovo* Food and Veterinary Agency Sara Preniqi Kosovo* FP
EFSAFocalpoint-kosovo [at] rks-gov.net
Montenegro Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary affairs Ana Velimirovic Montenegro FP
efsa.focalpoint [at] mpr.gov.me
Serbia Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Nadežda Dukić fpefsaserbia [at] minpolj.gov.rs
Switzerland Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) – Risk assessment division Barbara Engeli efsafocalpoint [at] blv.admin.ch
Turkey Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Muzaffer Nurseren Budak Turkish FP efsafocalpoint [at] tarimorman.gov.tr

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

Scientific networks

  • EFSA coordinates several networks of nationally appointed EU Member State organisations with expertise in specific scientific fields (e.g. emerging risks, pesticide residue monitoring). Representatives of the European Commission and of other organisations, including from outside the EU, with specific expertise may be invited to join an EFSA network.
  • The networks facilitate scientific cooperation by coordinating activities, exchanging information, developing and implementing joint projects, and exchanging expertise and best practices.