Stakeholder engagement

Engagement with stakeholders is key to EFSA’s work and reflects its commitment to openness, transparency and dialogue.

Who are EFSA’s ‘stakeholders’?

EFSA’s stakeholders are representative organisations that have an interest in the Authority’s work or in the wider food and feed sector. EFSA divides stakeholders into seven major groups:

  • Consumers


    Organisations whose primary objectives are to defend and promote the interests of consumers.
  • environmental_1.png

    NGOs and advocacy groups

    Non-governmental groups that are independent of industry, commerce and business and which have as their primary objectives and activities the promotion of environmental protection or the health and safety of consumers. Advocacy groups may be concerned with broader, horizontal issues not directly related to food safety such as the place of science in policy-making or transparency in public administration.
  • Business and food industry

    Business and food industry

    Associations representing the interests of companies operating in any industry sector relevant to the work of EFSA.
  • Distributors and HORECA (food service industry preparing and serving food and beverages)

    Distributors and HORECA

    Organisations representing the interests of stakeholders involved in preparing, distributing and serving food, such as wholesalers, retailers, hotels, restaurants and caterers (HORECA).
  • Practitioners’ associations

    Practitioners’ associations

    Organisations representing professionals working in fields relevant to EFSA’s food safety and public health remit, such as medical doctors, dieticians, nurses, pharmacists and veterinarians.
  • Academia


    Groups that represent scientific and technological communities, including scientific societies, universities, research institutes or other groups of academics.
  • Farmers and primary producers

    Farmers and primary producers

    Organisations representing those at the beginning of the food chain. These may include, for example, associations of farmers, fishermen, foresters, breeders, beekeepers and horticulturalists.