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Training on Environmental Risk Assessment as a component of EFSA’s risk assessments

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This final report evaluates the training courses delivered under the contract NP/EFSA/SCER/2018/01. The courses are to explain the basics of how to conduct environmental risk assessments (ERA’s) with a particular focus on (1) living organisms, i.e. the deliberate commercial release into the environment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), or the introduction and spread of invasive alien species that are harmful to plant health; and (2) substances used as pesticides or as feed additives (FA).

A total of six training courses were organised, which were attended by in total 113 participants. The first four trainings were organised in 2019 and they took place at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma. The last two trainings were organised as webinar training courses.

The targeted participants of the training courses were members of EFSA’s Scientific Committee/Panels and their working groups, preferably the newly designated ones. Members of the EFSA Networks as well as EFSA scientific staff could also participate in the training courses.

The delivered training courses were perceived by the participants as good to very good.