EFSA's Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) has launched an open consultation on several sections of the draft scientific opinion on “maximum levels of cross-contamination for 24 antimicrobial active substances in non-target feed”. These sections include the description of the methodology proposed to answer the term of reference 1 of the mandate, which is related to antimicrobial resistance development, the uncertainties associated with it, and the data gaps/other considerations identified.
Additional sections of the draft opinion are shared to provide the background, contextualize the methodology, and to provide an example of the assessment if the methodology would be used (e.g. tetracyclines). These additional sections are provided only for information and are not submitted for consultation, therefore comments on these sections are not expected and would not be taken into consideration.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 18 November 2020.
Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. To submit additional data to support your comments or files, there is an upload function available in the tool (for a maximum size of 1Mb file). Otherwise you can also contact specific unit’s functional mailbox: biocontam [at] efsa.europa.eu.
Please note that comments will not be considered if they:
- are submitted after the closing date of the consultation
- are presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
- are not related to the contents of the specific sections of the document under consultation
- 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 activity.
EFSA will assess all comments 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 organizations participating in a Public Consultation of EFSA 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 by taking into account EFSA’s transparency policy and practice to publish all submissions. In case the submission reproduces third-party content in the form of charts, graphs or images, the required prior permissions of the right holder(s) should have been obtained by the PC respondent.
Publication of contributions
Contributions will be published (as part of an EFSA report published together with the final opinion) and may be re-used by EFSA in a different context. It should be noted that contributions submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be published as such, indicating the author’s first and family name, unless a substantial justification for protection is provided by the respondent. Contributions submitted on behalf of an organisation are also made publicly available and attributed to the organization in question.
Submit comments (deadline: 18 November 2020)