The main task of the Scientific Committee is the preparation of scientific advice in the area of new and harmonised approaches for risk assessment of food and feed.It also provides strategic advice to EFSA’s Executive Director.
Panel on additives, flavourings, processing aids and materials in contact with food (AFC)
The AFC Panel deals with questions of safety in the use of food additives, flavourings, processing aids and materials in contact with food.
Panel on animal health and welfare (AHAW)
The AHAW Panel deals with animal health and welfare issues.
Panel on biological hazards (BIOHAZ)
The Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) deals wtih biological hazards in relations to food safety and food-borne diseases.
Panel on contaminants in the food chain (CONTAM)
The CONTAM Panel deals with contaminants in the food chain.
Panel on additives and products or substances used in animal feed (FEEDAP)
The FEEDAP Panel deals with additives and products or substances used in animal feed.
Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
The GMO Panel deals with genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food and feed.
Panel on dietetic products, nutrition and allergies (NDA)
The NDA Panel deals with questions related to dietetic products, nutrition and food allergies as well as associated subjects such as novel foods
Panel on plant protection products and their residues (PPR)
The PPR Panel deals with plant protection products (commonly known as pesticides) and their residues.
Panel on Plant health (PLH)
The PLH Panel deals with organisms posing a risk to plant health.
Pesticide Risk Assessment Peer Review Unit (PRAPeR)
EFSA’s Pesticide Risk Assessment Peer Review (PRAPeR) is responsible for the EU peer review of active substances used in plant protection products
Animal Diseases Transmissible to Humans (Zoonoses) Unit
The Zoonoses Unit analyses and reports data of zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, microbiological contaminants and food-borne outbreaks. The data is submitted by the Member States and other reporting countries in accordance with Directive 2003/99/EC.