When preparing its policy and proposals relating to food safety, consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it with sound scientific advice and draw its attention to new and emerging problems. The Scientific Committees can call on additional expertise from a pool of scientific advisors and a database of experts.
Directorate Health and Food Safety manages work of the three Scientific Committees responsible for non-food issues:
- Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
- Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER)
- Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)
Scientific advice regarding food and feed safety is provided by the the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA is an independent European agency funded by the EU budget that operates separately from the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States.