EFSA’s strategic plan adopted

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The European Food Safety Authority’s Management Board adopted EFSA’s five-year Strategic Plan, its full budget of €73 million and its Management Plan setting out key priorities for 2009.

Both of them will help ensure the Authority keeps pace with increased demands in the world of food and feed safety.

In its Strategic Plan, EFSA outlines how it will maximise the benefits of the scientific expertise at its disposal across Europe and strengthen its integrated approach to risk assessment to provide Europe’s decision makers with relevant, up-to-the-minute scientific advice.

EFSA’s 2009 priorities include the renewal of 8 of its 10 panels and its Scientific Committee. It also plans to ensure the delivery and strengthen the quality of its scientific advice, boost its strategy on cooperation and networking by increasing the number of bodies that can help the Authority through contracts and grants worth €7.5 million.

Executive Director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle told the Board EFSA had almost doubled its scientific outputs in 2008 compared to last year, while the number of staff had increased by 27 percent.

EFSA also demonstrated its ability to respond rapidly to urgent events by assembling teams of experts to provide scientific advice and assistance within days on such issues as the contamination of sunflower oil, the discovery of melamine in imported Chinese milk products and of dioxins in Irish pork.