Calls for stakeholders
EFSA may launch calls for expression of interest to build thematic communities of stakeholders with an interest in a given topic. Unless otherwise stated, these calls are open to both registered and non-registered stakeholders.
Call for expression of interest for the Stakeholder Discussion Group on Environmental Risk Assessment (Stakeholder DG on ERA)
About the call
Are you interested in environmental risk assessment and eager to contribute to shaping the future of plant protection products (PPPs) in the European Union? We invite you to join the Stakeholder DG on ERA, a dynamic platform for engagement and collaboration between EFSA and experts in the field.
Please find all details about the scope, composition, roles and more in the Framework for Interaction document.
Who we are looking for
We are seeking representatives from stakeholder organisations who are experts or have a keen interest in environmental risk assessment. Your expertise may encompass areas such as bee/pollinator health, ecology, ecotoxicology, agronomy, and landscape ecology.
How you can apply
Please fill out the Nomination Form and submit your nominations by the 30th of November 2023 at 23:59 (CEST). Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a vital dialogue in environmental risk assessment.
About the project
Innovation is one of the key drivers in accelerating the transition to sustainable, healthy, and inclusive food systems from primary production to consumption and can contribute to developing solutions and overcoming barriers. Innovation in the food and feed production sector has been substantial over the last two decades, both in terms of the production technologies it employs as well as the products it brings forward. Changes in production technologies and global supply chains, along with the growing need to secure food and feed, to ensure the sustainable use of resources and to address societal concerns provide key drivers for future developments. Innovative production technologies can drive a new generation of new foods and feeds sources, necessitating multifaceted pre-market evaluation to protect the human and animal health and interests.
To allow EFSA to adapt its risk assessment approaches to these new realities while anticipating potential risks to food and feed safety, the Authority is implementing a 2,5-year project on Ensuring preparedness for the assessment of safety of new food/feed sources and production technologies.
Comprehensive mapping of relevant stakeholders for future engagement
One of the main components of the project aims at realizing a continuous and systematic engagement with a broad group of relevant stakeholders.
To get a comprehensive picture of players involved, EFSA is now carrying out a detailed stakeholder mapping in the relevant sectors at EU and international level, such as industry, NGOs, consumer organisations, the scientific community, innovators, regulators, risk assessors and risk communicators.
Once completed, the mapping will be at the basis of engagement opportunities that will contribute to building a network to detect innovative food/feed sources and production technologies and try to identify potential emerging issues.
Who we are looking for and how you can apply
For this network, EFSA aims to attract a wide variety of stakeholders, including:
- From the Europe Union and beyond
- From across the food and feed value chain/system
- Consumer organisations, as well as industry, NGOs, the scientific community, innovators, regulators, risk assessors and risk communicators, innovation actors, etc.
- Active in or with expertise in the area of food and feed innovation, including fields such as:
- Innovative processing technologies
- 3D printing
- Alternative protein sources
- Alternative food sources of aquaculture origin
- Alternative feed sources for aquaculture
- Alternative carbohydrates sources
- Novel plants-based food/feed
- Fungi and microorganisms
- Nano-enabled nutrients
- Active / intelligent packaging
If you are interested in being included in our stakeholder mapping, register using the link here. This will ensure you will be considered for any future participatory activities as part of this EFSA project.
Any organisation or actors whose interests and expertise will be considered relevant for the scope of the project will be included in the mapping.
If you are interested, please register at your earliest convenience. This call will remain open for the entire duration of the project. EFSA reserves the right to subsequently contact individual stakeholders as needed for specific participatory activities as deemed appropriate.
Food and feed safety vulnerabilities in a circular economy
About the project
This two-year project, running in 2021-2022, aims to identify emerging risks to food and feed safety and the environment in the transition to a circular economy in a holistic and integrated fashion.
This will ensure that food and feed safety as well as environmental health considerations are incorporated at an early stage of research or policy initiatives linked to recycling and the circular economy.
The need for a comprehensive network of partners and stakeholders
The involvement of stakeholders throughout the project iskey to identify challenges for future risk assessments and explore possible synergies, opportunities, conflicts and trade-offs between environmental and food safety policies, objectives and actions.
EFSA will engage this network through various activities (workshops, events, consultations, etc.) inter alia to:
- Steer the evolution of the project.
- Support the identification of challenges for food and feed safety risk assessment and the prioritisation of knowledge gaps, policy needs, country-specific issues, vulnerabilities.
- Identify best practices on how to integrate food safety and environmental initiatives.
- Design principles and strategies to ensure consistency and integration between overarching policy agendas and sectoral policies for environment and food/feed safety.
- Design and implement participatory foresight activities for future circular economy practices.
- Make recommendations (data, method, technology, policy, collaboration, outreach needs).
Who we are looking for and how you can apply
For this network, EFSA aimed to attract a wide variety of organisations, including:
- From Europe and beyond.
- From across the food value chain/system.
- Farmers, businesses, NGOs, consumers, academia and research, public institutions, etc.
- Those with expertise in human/animal/plant health and/or the environment and climate.
The call remained open until end of April 2022. EFSA reserves the right to subsequently contact individual stakeholders as needed for specific participatory activities as deemed appropriate.
Upcoming and past engagement activities on circular economy
1 - Extensive literature search and first stakeholder workshop (29 October 2021)
In August 2020, EFSA published a call for procurement where the Harper Adams University was selected to carry out an extensive literature search and monitor on-going research projects with the aim to map existing circular economy practices, gather information and evaluate the evidence for vulnerabilities of circular economy for food/feed safety, plant and animal and human health.
The initial identification and categorization of CE practices relevant for the food and feed chain and the resulting emerging risks led to two conclusions:
- The amount and breadth of circular economy practices imposed the need for prioritizing the domain on which EFSA should focus on for the next steps of the project,
- Additional sources of information were needed, as scientific literature only takes stock of existing practices but does not shed light on future drivers.
Based on the above, EFSA decided to narrow the original scope of the project and focus on the identification and characterization of risks from novel feed sources and technologies in the framework of circular economy.
The preliminary findings of the extensive literature search were presented to stakeholders in a dedicated workshop on 29 October 2021, which marked the first step in the foresight participatory process.
2 - Foresight and emerging risk identification workshop (9-10 June 2022)
On 9 and 10 June 2022, EFSA will hold a foresight workshop to focus on the identification of key drivers and potential emerging risks related to circular economy practices within the domain of novel sources of feed, and notably: food waste, former food products and food processing by-products.
The goal of the event is to collect input on specific sources of novel feed within the three source categories prioritised by EFSA and drivers leading to their use in the future, and to identify potential risks associated to these sources. In this way, EFSA will expand the horizon and build a longer-term perspective.
The event will bring together policymakers, stakeholders and practitioners, scientists and researchers to tackle the issue using a multidisciplinary approach.
The event announcement and registration are now available on our EFSA website.