SCIENTIFIC DATA USED IN EFSA’S RISK ASSESSMENT TO BE MADE PUBLIC

Following the fitness check of the General Food Law Regulation (completed on 15 January 2018, see executive summary) and a European Citizens Initiative to ban the use of glyphosate, the European Commission has presented a proposal to strengthen the core of EU Food Law to the European Parliament and the Council. Next to the amendment of the framework Regulation, General Food Law Regulation 178/2002, the proposal covers the revision of the legislation on GMOs, feed additives, smoke flavourings, food contact materials, food additives, food enzymes and flavourings, plant protection products and novel foods.

The purpose of the revision relates to improving the transparency of EU risk assessment with regard to food and feed. Particularly the functioning of the European Food and Feed Safety Authority is scrutinized. Therefore, the agreement reached on 11 February holds that all scientific information as part of an application with EFSA will be made public save for strictly confidential information. In addition, a set of additional, procedural safeguards will be introduced to guarantee independent and transparent risk assessment.

European Commission - Presse Release: Agreement on the Commission's proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain - Questions and Answers - link