European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Scientific Cooperation Unit

The objective of the “Scientific Co-operation” unit is to foster the scientific collaboration, projects and exchange of scientific information between EFSA and national food safety agencies in EU Member States.


What We Do

The Scientific Co-operation unit supports other units within EFSA’s and national food safety agencies by fostering the scientific co-operation and exchange. This includes:

  • Development and maintenance of formalised channels of communication between EFSA and Member States’ national food safety agencies to exchange information on all scientific risk assessment activities.
  • Co-ordination and management of Scientific Co-operation Working Groups between EFSA and Member States on specific risk assessment issues.
  • To act as formal contact point within EFSA for Organisations approved to support EFSA under Article 36 of its founding Regulation.
  • To organise scientific colloquia and other scientific events, on issues of special interest to the EU and Member States and pre-accession countries.

Improved scientific co-operation will help risk managers in the Institutions of the European Union and its Member States in taking co-ordinated, effective and timely decisions in the field of food and feed safety, while avoiding duplication of work and pooling resources.

How we work

The Scientific cooperation unit works closely with national food safety agencies and the network of Focal Points of EU Member States.