EFSA Focal Point Nieuwsbrief 14 augustus 2019


Call for expert laboratories to participate in the proficiency tests on specific microplastics in water (bottled water, drinking water) and polyethylene in sediments

Deadline for the interested expert laboratories to express their interest for participating: 1 September 2019

Organized by: the Joint Research Centre (JRC), together with the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

Zie: Call for laboratories to participate in proficiency tests on microplastics in drinking water and sediments

JRC contact: jrc-microplastics@ec.europa.eu

Call for proposals reference: GP/EFSA/ALPHA/2019/01 - Entrusting support tasks in the area of Plant health - Commodity risk assessment for High Risk Plants

Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 September 2019

This call for proposals aims to identify organisations for which tasks falling within the plant health mission of the Animal & Plant Health Unit can be entrusted by EFSA. In particular, these tasks regard the commodity risk assessment and/or assessment of commodity treatments for the evaluation of the technical dossiers sent by Third Countries for High Risk Plants.

Zie: GP/EFSA/ALPHA/2019/01


Reminder - 12th Scientific conference of the Bulgarian Focal Point of EFSA „Climate changes – a global threat for the food chain”

25 October 2019, Grand Hotel Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

The registration for the event is open until 06th of September 2019 at the website of the Bulgarian Focal Point of EFSA

Reminder - 1st RAWC Scientific Conference 2020 “BETTER SCIENCE FOR BETTER ANIMAL WELFARE”

10-11 March 2020, Thessaloniki, Greece

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 November 2019

The conference aims to bring together regional experts and experts from the Balkans to exchange and share their views in order to promote the development of animal welfare science in the great Balkan region. Plenary lectures, specific presentations as well as posters and seminars will be presented. Three prominent European experts have been invited as honorary speakers.

The conference can be attended by presenting an oral presentation or a poster.

Main topics are as follows:

  • Animals in communities (companion animals, stray animals, backyard and traditional farming, One Health,...)
  • Animals in food production (on farm, transport, slaughter,...)
  • Human-animal relationship (socio-economic and ethical context,...)
  • Animals and the environment (ZOO, climate impact, protection of habitats, wildlife population management, ecology modeling, One Welfare,...)
  • Animals in research and education (3R, harm/benefit analysis, humane endpoints,...)

Selected abstracts will have the opportunity to publish full papers in Journal Veterinarski Arhiv (SCI EXP) free of charge.

The participation fee is as follows:

  • Early bird registration - deadline December 15, 2019 (€ 199)
  • Regular participation fee for a participant - after December 15, 2019 (€ 250)
  • For students (full-time or postgraduate) - (€ 180)

* The participation fee includes: participation in all lectures, conference materials and Gala Dinner.

More details can be found on the official website of the conference, the website of RAWC and in this document.

To register for participation please visit this website.

If you have any further questions about the registration process, the program, or general information, do not hesitate to contact the conference organizing team at: conference2020@rawc.eu, or Dr Madlen Vasileva at the following e-mail address: MVasileva@mzh.government.bg.


Public consultation on the draft scientific opinion about the risks to human and animal health related to the presence of chlorinated paraffins in food and feed

Deadline for submitting comments: 17 September 2019

EFSA's Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the risks for animal and human health related to the presence of chlorinated paraffins in feed and food. This document presents an estimation of the human dietary exposure to chlorinated paraffins via the consumption of fish, and an assessment of the human health risks related to this dietary exposure. No risk assessment was possible for any of the farm animal species.

The public consultation with the related documents can be found on the EFSA website: chlorinated paraffins in food and feed.

Vacatures bij EFSA

EFSA is facing an exciting time as they are preparing for the implementation of the revised General Food Law. EFSA will grow considerably over the next few years and in view of this, the first batch of calls to establish reserve lists of suitable candidates to help carry EFSA forward has been launched

Are you interested in contributing to the future of science and play a role in EFSA’s readiness for the future, make sure you consider these opportunities and/or spread the word within your network.

Here are the direct links to all the latest vacancies in EFSA:

Deadline for applications is 10 September 2019.

For any further questions, kindly contact EFSA at recruitment@efsa.europa.eu.


Survey on relevant tools or resources which assist in completing any of the steps in establishing a coordinated zoonotic disease surveillance system

The Tripartite (The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO)) and partners are developing a set of operational tools to accompany the newly released “Taking A Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries”. These operational tools aim to guide countries in establishing a coordinated national surveillance system for zoonotic diseases, including mechanisms for data sharing between all relevant sectors.

To do this, the Tripartite is seeking to identify any existing tools or resources (please see below for in-depth description of tools and resources) that may assist countries in doing so.

Attached to this item is a link to a brief survey form, where the Tripartite asks you to share information on any relevant tools or resources for which you may be aware. These may include, for example, templates and mobile ‘apps’ for data collection, evaluation, and reporting; template data sharing agreements or standard operating procedures (SOP); and other resources which assist in completing any of the steps in establishing a coordinated zoonotic disease surveillance system, which can be found in the table below. Your responses to this survey will allow the Tripartite to identify existing tools and resources, as well as identify gaps where additional tool or resource development is needed.

If you are a developer of a tool, the Tripartite would like to invite you to submit your tool for consideration for inclusion in the operational toolkit.

Please forward this survey to any relevant colleagues who may wish to contribute to this effort. The survey will close on the 15 September 2019.

If you would like further information on the project, please see the linked information sheet.

If you have any questions, please contact SISOT-TAWG@fao.org

Survey Form Link