EFSA and FDA signs scientific co-operation agreement

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have yesterday signed the first U.S./European agreement in the area of assessing food safety risk. This is the first formal international cooperation agreement EFSA has signed and the first formal step in cooperation between the two bodies.

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, Commissioner of the US FDA and Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EFSA's Executive Director, met yesterday to discuss about current and future co-operation between the two agencies and to sign an agreement which will facilitate the sharing of scientific information between EFSA and the FDA, such as methodologies to ensure that food is safe.

A formal agreement ensures appropriate protection of such confidential information under the applicable legal frameworks in both the United States and the European Union. Informal cooperation and dialogue have already been established between the two bodies; this agreement will enable these to be formalized and extended. The Authority will be looking to develop similar working arrangements with other authorities worldwide in the coming years.