At the 37th meeting of EFSA’s Advisory Forum, EFSA and the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety have signed a Focal Point Agreement in Malta on 22 September 2010.
As a Focal Point, the Scientific Committee for Food Safety will be the interface between EFSA and national authorities in Norway.
Focal Points support the Advisory Forum members in the implementation of projects between Member States and EFSA. In particular they:
ensure the exchange of scientific information among competent authorities in Member States and between Member States and EFSA;
support EFSA projects, such as the Expert Database, and cooperation with competent organisations under Article 36 of EFSA’s Founding Regulation;
assist in raising EFSA’s scientific visibility and outreach in Member States.
The signature of the Focal Point Agreement with Norway brings the number of signed agreements to a total of 28. In addition to these, representatives from Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Switzerland and Turkey participate in the Focal Point network as observers.