Declarations of Interests

Annual Declarations of Interests are made by all members of EFSA’s Management Board, Advisory Forum, Scientific Committee, Scientific Panels, Working Groups and by all other EFSA experts. These Annual Declarations are published in EFSA's Declarations of Interests database

A Declaration of Interests contains details of current activities and those completed in the last five years in the following categories:

  • Ownership or other investments, including shares
  • Membership of a Managing Body or equivalent
  • Membership of a Scientific Advisory Body
  • Employment
  • Consultancy/advice
  • Research funding
  • Intellectual property rights 
  • Other membership or affiliation 
  •  Interests of close family members 
  • Other

Any scientist who participates in one of EFSA’s scientific entities such as a Panel or a Working Group must provide an Annual Declaration of Interests.

All EFSA experts are also asked to declare any specific interests which might be considered prejudicial in relation to items on the agenda of the meetings they attend. If a conflict of interest is identified, it is recorded in the minutes and EFSA takes the measures specified in the procedure for handling conflicts of interest. To ensure maximum transparency, EFSA records any interests declared in the minutes of meetings of its Scientific Committee and Panels and also in the minutes of their Working Groups.

Policy and guidance documents

The Policy on Declarations of Interests was adopted by the EFSA Management Board on 11 September 2007. 

EFSA policy on declarations of interests (43 KB)

Guidance document on declarations of interest (updated on 8 September 2009) (4793 KB)

Procedure for identifying and handling potential conflicts of interest (updated on 8 September 2009) (1990 KB)