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Public consultation on the scientific opinion on dietary reference values for sodium (intermediate draft) and related protocol

EFSA has launched an open consultation on its scientific opinion on dietary reference values for sodium (Sections 1 to 5.4, intermediate draft) and related protocol (Annex A). The draft protocol applies to the missing sections of the scientific opinion, namely: i) the assessment of possible relationships between sodium intake and health outcomes, including dose-response relationship(s), where applicable (Section 5.5), and ii) the integration of different lines of evidence for setting DRVs (Section 6). The two documents are published together in order to receive input from stakeholders on the parts of the opinion which have been used to inform the draft protocol, and on the methodology foreseen to inform the remaining parts covered by the protocol.

In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft documents developed by the NDA Panel of EFSA.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 12 November 2017.

Please use the following electronic templates to submit comments, referring to the line and page numbers as you do so:

Please note that after 2 hours your working session will expire and comments submitted after that time will not be recorded and transmitted. If you would like to submit additional data or files to support your comments, please send an email to: NDA.PublicConsult.100 [at] Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation;
  • are not related to the contents of the document;
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material;
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are out of the scope of EFSA's activities. 

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

Persons or entities participating in the EFSA Public Consultation are responsible for ensuring that they hold all the rights necessary for their submissions and consequent publication by EFSA. Comments should inter alia be copyright-cleared, taking into account EFSA’s transparency policy and practise to publish all submissions. In case your submission reproduces third party content in the form of charts, graphs or images, please ensure that the required prior permissions of the right holder have been obtained.

All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.


Submit comments on the draft opinion

Submit comments on the draft protocol

(deadline: 12 November 2017)