EFSA Focal Point Nieuwsbrief 3 juli 2019


Call for EFSA Management Board Renewal

The European Commission is organising a selection procedure to replace 7 out of 14 members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) whose mandates will expire on 30 June 2020.

Please note that the deadline for submission of applications is 19 July 2019.


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

25th of October 2019, Grand Hotel Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Program of the Conference will be send to you on later stage.

The registration for the event shall be made in advance on-line on the Bulgarian focal point website not later than 06th of September 2019.

The participation in the Conference is free of charge. All the other expenses of the participants have to be covered by their organization.


  • Section 1: „Climate changes and their impact on the human health”
  • Section 2: „Climate changes and their impact on the animal health”
  • Section 3: „Climate changes and their impact on the food safety”

Additional information is provided within the attached invitation letter.

Course in Novel methods and approaches in health risk assessment

November 18-22, 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

The course is offered by the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

The course is intended for PhD students and other participants from academia as well as participants from authorities and industry.

The course includes novel methods and approaches for reaching evidence-based conclusions in health risk assessment. The scope and purpose of a health risk assessment is analysed with the aim to define specific questions related to risk assessment. Different types of scientific evidence that are used in a health risk assessment are identified. Methods for performing a systematic review are practiced, including searching for scientific studies, selection of studies, extraction of data from studies and assessment of reliability and relevance of studies. Methods for assessment of in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological studies are introduced and discussed. Integration of scientific evidence in weight of evidence approach is addressed. The importance of addressing uncertainty in health risk assessment is highlighted. The need for and importance of transparency in health risk assessment is discussed.

The application deadline is September 13, 2019.

Application and further information website Karolinska Institutet.


2017 European Union report on pesticide residues in food

Published 26 June 2019

The latest edition of the annual EU report on pesticide residues in food is now available. Just under 96% of food samples were found to be free of pesticide residues or to contain traces that fall within legally permitted levels.

EFSA analyses the results of around 88,000 samples collected from the 28 EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway. The main findings can be explored by country and food product using EFSA’s specially developed data visualisation tool.


Public consultation on the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan implementing Horizon Europe

As per request of the European Commission, EFSA announces the launch of the public consultation on the Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan implementing Horizon Europe, the next EU R&I Framework Programme. This consultation focuses in particular on the pillar “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness” and its six thematic clusters.

The inputs received via the consultation will inform the work to prepare a “Strategic Plan” for the first four years of Horizon Europe (2021-2024), which will then guide the related work programmes and calls for proposals. Overall, the consultation will help identify impacts, spark debate and new ideas.

The outcome of this consultation will initially contribute to set the scene of the European Research and Innovation Days, taking place in Brussels from 24 to 26 September 2019.

Please note that this consultation will close on 8 September 2019.

The links to the dedicated websites where you can find more information on this public consultation and on the policy Conference are available at the bottom of this item.


EFSA crowdsourcing challenge: extracting data from scientific literature

EFSA is funding a new crowdsourcing challenge to find a tool that will help its scientists extract data from literature relating to plant and animal health.

The challenge is part of a wider project exploring the risks and opportunities of crowdsourcing as an innovative way for EFSA to collect and process data and increase the openness of the organisation.

A prize fund of $60,000 is available to the winning solver(s). The deadline for submissions is 2 September 2019.


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