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Info session on EFSA’s draft guidance on protocol development 


EFSA is committed to delivering trustworthy scientific advice and communication of risks from farm to fork. To help achieve this objective, the EFSA Strategy 2027 outlines the need for fit-for-purpose protocols for EFSA’s generic scientific advice. Protocols illustrate a priori the aim of the assessment (problem formulation) and the methods that will be applied to carry it out.

EFSA’s Scientific Committee is developing a guidance document to provide EFSA’s scientific panels and units with a harmonised but flexible framework for developing protocols for ‘generic mandates’, i.e. those not related to the evaluation of regulated products for market authorisations. The guidance document can also be useful for preparing dossiers for regulated products, when the scientific and regulatory framework does not fully detail the data requirements and/or the methods for collecting, analysing, and synthesising data.

The Guidance document is currently available for a public consultation (until 15 May 2023 – see link below) aimed at gathering feedback and input from interested parties before its final adoption by EFSA’s Scientific Committee, scheduled for September 2023.

Objectives of the info session

The event will run concurrently to the public consultation, with the following objectives:

  • Provide a clear overview of the draft guidance document to those interested in providing comments during the public consultation
  • Address questions to enhance understanding of the draft guidance document.

Who should attend?

The info session is open to all interested parties.

Online registration

Registrations are closed.

Logistic information

The meeting will take place online. The link to connect to the meeting will be made available once registration is closed.

The language of the event is English. No translation will be provided.

Participation in the event is free of charge.


For more information, please contact the organising committee at events [at] efsa.europa.eurel="noopener noreferrer".

The full draft guidance document is available at the public consultation.

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