About this consultation

Consultation period
23 January 2018 - 20 March 2018
Food safety, Public health

Responses to this consultation

The open public consultation received replies from 471 participants: 318 citizens and 153 stakeholders.

Consultation outcome

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Target group

All stakeholders and EU as well as non-EU citizens are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Objective of the consultation

The General Food Law Regulation (EU rules on food and feed safety along the production chain) is the cornerstone of the EU regulatory framework covering the entire food chain: 'from farm to fork'.

The law requires food and feed law to be science-based. This is known as the risk analysis principle, which consists of three separate but interrelated components: risk assessment (scientific advice), risk management (measures taken on the basis of scientific advice, other legitimate factors and where appropriate the precautionary principle) and risk communication (interactive exchange of information on risks throughout the risk analysis process).

For this purpose, the General Food Law Regulation established the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as an independent scientific agency to provide the scientific opinions (risk assessment) which form the basis for the measures taken by the EU in the food chain.

Since the adoption of the General Food Law Regulation in 2002, the political, economic and societal context has evolved, affecting consumers' perception and expectations in relation to the food chain.

Whilst EFSA's work in the area of risk assessment has not been subject to significant criticism, citizens have put into question the risk assessment based on studies provided by the industry and this in particular where the industry seeks an authorisation, e.g. for  pesticides, GMOs etc.

We are keen to hear about your views and experiences on the following:

  • the transparency and independence of the EU risk assessment system with respect to the underlying industry studies and information on which EFSA's risk assessment/scientific advice is based;
  • risk communication; and,
  • the governance of EFSA, in particular the involvement of the EU Member States (MS) in the EU risk assessment system.

The consultation is also a follow-up to the commitments made by the Commission in reply to the European Citizens’ Initiative on glyphosate.

Your feedback will help us to look into how we can improve the current system and to address citizens' expectations about independence and transparency of the EU risk assessment system.  This exercise will feed into a Commission's legislative proposal to be presented to the European Parliament and Council by May 2018.

How to submit your response

Your views are important. Please tell us what you think and fill the online questionnaire.

The questionnaire is accessible in all official EU languages. You can submit your reply in any of the 23 official EU languages. Contributions in English are welcome as they will help to process the survey more swiftly.

You can pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you will be able to download a copy of your completed questionnaire. Questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory.

Received contributions may be published on the Internet. It is important that you read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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