Electronic Transmission of Chemical Occurrence Data CFP/EFSA/DATEX/2009/01/04

Chemical Contaminants, Occurrence, XML, Data, Transmission, DCF
First published in EFSA Supporting Publications
11 May 2011
5 May 2011
External Scientific Report

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Data collection is an important task of EFSA and a fundamental component of risk assessment (Articles 22 and 23 of regulation EC No 178/2002). The Guidance on Standard Sample Description for Food and Feed and The Guidance on Data Exchange (both were developed by the Technical Working Group on Data Collection, EFSA) provide specifications aimed at harmonizing the collection of data for the presence of harmful chemical substances in food and feed and harmonizing the data transmission file formats (e.g. XML, etc...)

The present report describes the adoption of the SSD (Standard Sample Description) and design and creation of XML transformation models for the user friendly selection of data from the database (mapping columns between old database tables to XML format).

This document refers to the process of handling and exporting data into the international format for automated processing.

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