EFSA invites European Commission to dialogue on GMO issues

April 13, 2006

Brussels, 12 Apr 2006

Last Monday EFSA invited Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas to a meeting to update him on EFSA's scientific and procedural approach on food safety issues, especially on his comments on the risk assessment of GMOs. In this meeting EFSA would also like to discuss the issues raised in the EFSA evaluation report on practises concerning risk assessment, to which the Commissioner referred in his speech at the conference on GMO co-existence in Vienna last week.

As an open and transparent scientific organisation EFSA takes any criticism seriously and invites those who may not agree with the opinions to debate scientific issues in an open way. In line with this policy EFSA invited the NGOs for a meeting in February in Parma, and has invited national experts to participate in a meeting on GMOs risk assessment and the input of Member States in this process on May 15 in Brussels.

Mid last year EFSA started with the process of bringing more transparency to its scientific assessment, a process which requires involvement of Member States and stakeholders. The need of this was also discussed in the Environmental Council of March 9, 2006. With respect to the concerns expressed in the Council on data requirements for GMO assessments, EFSA has also decided to expand its guidance document on GMOs to give more explanatory details.

In collaboration with the European Commission and the Member States EFSA will continue to fulfil its regulatory tasks being open to possibilities of scientific and procedural improvements.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Lucia De Luca, Press Officer
Tel: +39 0521 036 287
Email: lucia.deluca@efsa.eu.int

European Food Safety Authority -- EFSA
Item source

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Researcher in Fluid Dynamics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Analyst

Greenwich School Of Management Ltd

PhD Research Fellow in Medical Physics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Postdoctoral position in Atmospheric and Space Physics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

PhD Fellow in Machine Learning

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu
See all jobs

Most Commented

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

Matthew Brazier illustration (9 February 2017)

How do you defeat Nazis and liars? Focus on the people in earshot, says eminent Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework

people dressed in game of thrones costume

Old Germanic languages are back in vogue, but what value are they to a modern-day graduate? Alice Durrans writes