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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

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

CountryMember / alternateRepresented organisation
AlbaniaAmarilda KELI
National Food Authority
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDzemil HAJRICFood Safety Agency (FSA)
EU Commission

Anastasia ALVIZOU

DG Health and Food Safety
North MacedoniaNikolche BABOVSKI
Food and Veterinary Agency
Kosovo*Flamur KADRIU
Kujtim UKA
Food and Veterinary Agency
MontenegroVladimir DJAKOVIC
Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs
SerbiaTamara BOŠKOVIĆMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
SwitzerlandMichael BEERFederal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) – Risk assessment division
TürkiyeDurali KOCAK
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 points members and observers

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

CountryOrganisationContactFP website/E-mail

National Food Authority

Valbona PalukaAlbania FP
focalpoint.albania [at]
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFood Safety Agency of Bosnia and HerzegovinaDalibor VidacakBosnia and Herzegovina FP
EFSAfocalpoint [at]
North MacedoniaFood and Veterinary AgencySvetlana Tomeska MickovaRepublic of North Macedonia FP
focalpoint [at]
Kosovo*Food and Veterinary AgencySara PreniqiKosovo* FP
EFSAFocalpoint-kosovo [at]
MontenegroAdministration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary affairsMirjana LekicMontenegro FP
EFSA.focalpoint [at]
SerbiaMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water ManagementNadežda DukićfpEFSAserbia [at]
SwitzerlandFood Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) – Risk assessment divisionBarbara EngeliEFSAfocalpoint [at]
TürkiyeMinistry of Agriculture and ForestryMuzaffer Nurseren BudakTurkish FP EFSAfocalpoint [at]


*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.