EFSA Focal Point Nieuwsbrief 5 juni 2019


EFSA Traineeship call 2019 - EFSA/NS/TR/2019/01

EFSA is looking for young graduates from all over the world interested in this unique opportunity to practice and develop their skills and competencies in different fields of EFSA’s mission. Trainees can contribute to EFSA’s day-to-day activities, through a rewarding and challenging experience in a multicultural environment over one year of their paid traineeship.

The EFSA traineeship call 2019 is open until Monday 1st July 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.



Selection process: Once all applications have been submitted, the Commission will draw up a list of candidates to send to the Council, which will then appoint the new Management Board members in consultation with the European Parliament. The appointment is expected in June 2020 for the period of 4 years starting on 1 July 2022. However, the duration of the term of office will be subject to amendments when the European Parliament and the Council formally adopt the new Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain amending Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and eight other Union acts (‘Transparency regulation’) in the course of summer 2019. The new Transparency Regulation is expected to enter into application in the first half of 2021, after the appointment by the Council of the 7 members selected on the basis of this call for expressions of interest. As such, the term of office shall end on 30 June 2022.


94th Scientific Committee Open Plenary

The registration to the 94th Scientific Committee Open Plenary of June 25-26, 2019 is active in EFSA website.

Please note that the registration to attend in person is open until the 12 of June 2019 for physical attendance and until the 18th June for attendance via web conference.

The registrations forms and the meeting agenda are available at the EFSA website.

93rd Plenary meeting of the Panel on nutrition, novel foods and food allergens (NDA)

2-4 July 2019

The registration to observe the 93rd Plenary meeting of the NDA Panel is open in EFSA website.

Please note that the registration to follow via web conference is open until the 2nd July and the registration for physical attendance is open until the 16 of June 2019.

For your kind information, there is only a limited number of seats available at the meeting. Therefore priority will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and EFSA reserves the right to screen applications to ensure geographical balance and broad participation.

The agenda is available at the EFSA website.

3rd International Conference on Food Contaminants: challenges on risk assessment (ICFC 2019)

26th and 27th September 2019, Aveiro, Portugal

This multidisciplinary congress provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health. The congress will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to platform and poster presentations.

For your kind information, ICFC 2019 welcomes the submission of abstracts for original contributors to the field of food contaminants and human health. Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is June 16th.

Participants of this conference are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to a Special Issue “Food Safety & Risk Assessment” on Food Research International.

Here are the links to the dedicated webpage of the event and the call for papers.

3rd International Conference on Food Contaminants

call for papers

Might you have any further questions or queries, please contact info@icfc2019portugal.com.


Xylella update

Publication date 15 May 2019

EFSA has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in the EU.

Update of the scientific opinion on the risks to plant health posed by Xylella fastidiosa in the EU territory

Effectiveness of in planta control measures for Xylella fastidiosa

Collection of data and information on biology and control of vectors of Xylella fastidiosa


Public consultation on Quinolizidine alkaloids in food and feed opinion

EFSA is publicly consulting on its scientific opinion on the risks for animal and human health related to the presence of quinolizidine alkaloids in food and feed.

Quinolizidine alkaloids are naturally occurring compounds that can be present in lupin seeds.

If these alkaloids are not properly removed in a “debittering process”, they can trigger poisoning in humans which affects the nervous, cardiovascular and digestive systems.

The public consultation is open until 5 July 2019.


EFSA Journal Survey

The European Food Safety Authority publishes its scientific advice in the EFSA Journal, an open access online journal which is published on its behalf by Wiley.

The Journal has undergone significant development in recent years to improve its impact in the scientific community and better meet the needs of its users, in particular risk managers across EU Member States who use the Journal regularly in their work.

To guide its future development, EFSA has launched a short user survey which provides opportunity for all EFSA stakeholders and interested parties to influence the future direction of the journal. EFSA would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the EFSA Journal Survey 2019; it should take no more than 6-7 minutes.


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