EFSA Focal Point Nieuwsbrief 9 oktober 2019

Bijeenkomsten en trainingen

One Health Security Conference of the Finland’s EU presidency

14-15 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland.

The aim of the conference is to strengthen the implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) in Europe in cooperation with WHO and the EU, focusing on a comprehensive health security approach. The conference is organised by the Joint Action on Strengthened International Health Regulations and Preparedness (SHARP JA), led by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Please note that the last registration date is today 7 October 2019.

Here are the links to the dedicated webpage where to find also useful contact details and the online registration form.

One Health Security Conference

Registration form

Symposium Preventie Microbiële Groei in Levensmiddelen “Challenge testen en Conservering”

12 december 2019, Hotel De Biltsche Hoek, De Bilt

Stichting Food Micro organiseert een symposium over preventie van microbiële groei in levensmiddelen waarbij met name wordt ingegaan op challenge testen (een speerpunt van de NVWA, met name t.a.v. Listeria) en op nieuwe conserveermethoden. Zoals altijd bieden onze Nederlandstalige symposia voldoende ruimte voor discussie en zal daar in het programma rekening mee worden gehouden.

De openingslezing wordt verzorgd door Heidy den Besten van Wageningen Universiteit. Zij zal spreken over preventie van de groei van levensmiddelen. Andere sprekers zijn o.a. Tom van den Brule (Westerdijk Institute) over schimmelsporen en challenge testen, Frank Segers & Olav Sliekers (Corbion) over organische zuren voor het beheersen van microorganismen en Bert de Vegt van Micreos die ons bijpraat over de laatste stand van zaken rond bacteriofagen tegen Listeria. Het programma is in voorbereiding, de laatste stand van zaken is op onze website te volgen.

Het symposium is bedoeld voor een ieder die betrokken is bij de ontwikkeling en productie van levensmiddelen of ingrediënten zoals QA managers, productiemedewerkers, productontwikkelaars, microbiologen, wetenschappers/laboranten van microbiologische laboratoria, functionarissen kwaliteitszorg en risicomanagers alsmede voor managers, beleidsmedewerkers, toezichthouders en docenten die zich richten op microbiologische veiligheid in de productieomgeving.

Tot 15 oktober 2019 bedragen de inschrijfkosten 275 euro p.p.; daarna 325 euro p.p. Gepensioneerden zijn bij de Stichting Food Micro van harte welkom en kunnen intekenen tegen een gereduceerd tarief van 65 euro p.p.

Zie hieronder de links naar het programma en het registratieformulier.



15th symposium of the Scientific Committee “Changing Consumption Patterns: What About Food Safety?”

3 December 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Registration deadline: 19 November 2019

In today’s society the consumption patterns and consumption habits of consumers are rapidly changing. On one hand, there is a general shift towards more plant-based (novel) food sources and on the other hand there are subgroups of consumers with specific food habits. These changing consumption patterns and the availability of “new” foods from the global market can entail various potential food safety risks.

During this symposium, it will be demonstrated that at present various challenges arise in the area of (assessing) food safety due to the changing and diverse consumption patterns. Various types of risks (chemical, microbiological and allergens) and challenges will be discussed by scientists as well as by representatives from the food industry and retail. The aim of this symposium is to highlight food safety from the perspective of the rapidly changing dietary habits of consumers and to critically reflect on the suitability of our current risk assessment models and methods.

The symposium is aimed at a(n) (inter)national public of risk assessors, risk managers, policy makers, researches, stakeholders, producers, consumers, educators and students.

The symposium languages will be Dutch and French with simultaneous translation. All slides will be projected in English.



ITS FOOD 2020 - BVL Training course on Food Safety and Risk management

9-13 March 2020, Berlin, Germany

Registration is open until 15 November, 2019.

The participants in the practical training course will learn about the food safety system in the European Union by means of lectures, practical examples and exercises. They will find out how food surveillance functions in the European and national context.

Besides, experts from the cooperation partner Max Rubner-Institut (MRI), the Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food in Germany, will highlight federal authorities' approaches to ensure food authenticity. Moreover, current activities of the newly set up National Reference Center for Authentic Food in Germany as well as the methodology applied nowadays to test the authenticity of food will be presented.

The BVL / MRI experts will provide participants with a wider knowledge about the following topics in English:

  • Implementation of food safety regulations in the European Union and Germany
  • Authorisation procedures in the context of food safety
  • Tools of risk management in official controls
  • The network of Reference Laboratories in the European Union
  • Food Fraud: Management and Methodologies
  • Food safety alert and information systems in practice
  • Prevention, incident & crisis management

Programme ITS-FOOD 2020

Application form

Contact: its-food@bvl.bund.de

Workshop Risk Ranking of Hazards in Food

5-6 May 2020, Uppsala, Sweden

Registration deadline: 31 January 2020
Registration is without charge.

The Swedish National Food Agency and the Finnish Food Authority conducts a 3-year project on risk ranking of chemical and microbiological hazards in foods. This initiative is supported by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the 2-day workshop finalizes the project.

The main aim of the workshop is to advance the understanding of the use of risk ranking to manage, prioritize, and communicate current food related risks. The outcome from discussions will for example be communicated to EU funding bodies to provide recommendations on future research needs.

The 2-day event is for professionals working with risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. By “risk ranking” we mean ranking of hazards or foods, in terms of risk, as described below,

1) Ranking of chemical and/or microbiological hazards with respect to single or multiple foods/food groups, or

2) Ranking of foods/food groups with respect to single or multiple hazards.

While the specific topic is risk ranking the workshop is also relevant for risk-benefit assessments since the use of comparative metrics is an important element in both areas. More generally, the workshop also relates to the consideration and integration of data from multiple domains and sources relevant to the risk context.




Technical Reports of the second cohort of EU-FORA fellows

Published 17 September 2019

The second special issue of EFSA journal devoted to EFSA’s fellowship programme (EU-FORA) brings together the activities of the second cycle of Fellows carried out at the hosting sites, i.e. those scientific institutions across the Member States that participate in the EU-FORA network and devote time and energy to hosting the Fellows.

Please find below the link to the Special Issue.

EFSA Journal Special Issue: EU‐FORA: Series 2


SafeConsume is implementing a questionnaire, which is examining communication practices of non-governmental organisations.

NGO’s that are performing food safety risk communication activities for consumers are invited to complete this survey.

The questionnaire aims at analyzing public participation in risk communication for mitigating risks across non-authority organizations in European countries.

The survey covers different areas within this topic, e.g.: collaborations, risk communication with consumers etc. Potentially, it requires the input of several experts within NGOs. The data will later be aggregated in order to obtain a consistent picture. To complete the questionnaire takes about 20-30 minutes.

SafeConsume Survey

The deadline for completion of the survey is October 14th.

By participating, you will contribute to the development of a new policy model that will help European food safety authorities in their future work. The results will inform policy initiatives by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante).


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