The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gives independent scientific advice to the Commission on all matters directly or indirectly related to food safety. It is a separate legal entity independent from the EU institutions.
Appointment of 1 member of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (replacement of a resigning member)
On 23 October 2014 the European Commission adopted a list of 13 names with a view to the appointment by the Council in consultation with the European Parliament of 1 member of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority to replace until the end of the term (30 June 2016) the member who resigned in January 2014.
In case of replacement, the Commission can use the existing reserve lists (candidates that were on the list of the Commission but were not appointed by the Council). The current Commission list was drawn on the basis of the "reserve lists" of candidates selected in the framework of the call (2011/C 144/07) of 14 May 2011 and of the call (2013/C 138/09) of 17 May 2013.
Those candidates who did not confirm their availability to take up the position of member of the Board until the end of the term (30 June 2016) were not included in the present Commission's list.
Those candidates having their background in organisations representing consumers and other interests in the food chain were also not included in the list drawn up by the Commission since already 4 members of the current Management Board fulfil these conditions, as required by Article 25 (1), of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002
EFSA rules and procedures
Regulation 178/2002/EC - legal basis for establishment of EFSA
- The procedures EFSA applies to requests for scientific opinions referred to it.
Either EFSA or the Commission, Parliament or EU countries formulate the requests for scientific opinions. The procedures applied to the requests ensure an objective, transparent and functional process.
- Rules on the network of organisations working in the fields of EFSA’s mission.
National competent organisations, members of the EFSA network must have a high level of scientific or technical expertise in the relevant fields. Their organisational arrangements must include specific procedures and rules to ensure that the tasks EFSA gives them will be performed with independence and integrity.
What does EFSA do?
EFSA’s work covers all stages of food production and supply: from primary production to the safety of animal feed, and the supply of food to consumers.
- Collects information and analyses new scientific developments;
- Identifies and assesses potential risks to the food chain;
- Carries out the scientific assessment on any matter with a direct or indirect effect on the safety of the food supply, including animal health, animal welfare and plant health;
- Gives scientific advice on non-food and feed GMOs and nutrition related to EU legislation;
- Communicates directly with the public on issues within its responsibility.
Archive for the 5 committees transferred to EFSA (May 2003)
- Scientific Committee on Food
- Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition
- Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating to Public Health
- Scientific Committee on Plants
- Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare
All were established by Commission Decision 97/579/EC.
The Scientific Steering Committee was dissolved and its responsibilities on BSE/TSE were transferred to EFSA. See more information here.