Scientific risk assessment plays an increasing role internationally for global risk governance and as a tool to support sustainable trade practices. Divergence often arises on risk policies and measures, sometimes due to different risk assessment approaches. Therefore, international co-operation in this area is of utmost importance. Although formal discussion and co-operation between administrations on particular aspects of risk analysis take place in international organisations (e.g. OECD), there is a need for flexible mechanisms of dialogue and collaboration between the risk assessors themselves.
To that end, DG SANCO has taken action to organise risk assessment dialogues involving scientists at global level in order to establish a sustained transatlantic dialogue on risk assessment.