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External experts

The knowledge, experience and decision-making of EFSA’s external scientific experts is at the heart of our work. EFSA’s scientific panels are responsible for the bulk of the Authority’s assessments. Each of the 10 panels is dedicated to a different area of the food and feed chain.

The Scientific Committee has the task of supporting the work of the panels on cross-cutting scientific issues. It focuses on developing harmonised risk assessment methodologies in fields where EU-wide approaches are not yet defined.

Membership of the Scientific Committee and the 10 panels is renewed every five years, following a thorough and transparent selection procedure.