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Food Safety

Scientific committees

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 two Scientific Committees responsible for non-food issues:

Since 2003 scientific advice regarding food and feed safety has been provided by 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 the EU countries.

Until May 2003, the advice was provided by Scientific Committee on Food and Scientific Steering Committee.

Archives for:

Former Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition (SCAN)

Scientific and technical questions concerning animal nutrition, its effect on animal health, on the quality and health of products of animal origin...

Former Scientific Committee on Plants - Archive

Scientific and technical questions relating to plants intended for human or animal consumption, production or processing of non-food products as...

Former Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating to Public Health

When preparing its policy and proposals relating to food safety, consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on...

Former Scientific Steering Committee

When preparing its policy and proposals relating to food safety, consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on...

Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare - Archive

The opinions are published by the European Commission in their original language. Only this version is the original one. If other linguistic versions...

Scientific Committee on Food - Archive

When preparing its policy and proposals relating to food safety, consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on...