Genetically Modified Organisms
Last updated: 25 September 2006
Publication Date: 23 May 2006
What is EFSA’s role?
EFSA is Europe’s food safety ‘checkpoint’ and its role in the approval of GMOs is to provide scientific advice to European Union Institutions and Member States on the safety and risks for human and animal health and also for the environment. EFSA publishes its advice on its website and informs the requesting body of its conclusions. This information is taken into account by the requesting legislating body – European Commission and Member States – in line with the respective procedure when giving or refusing approval for use of GMO products.
EFSA also carries out ‘self-tasking’ activities. ‘Self-tasking’ occurs when EFSA, during the course of its regular work, identifies a particular issue which it believes requires further analysis and research. In the context of GMOs, an example of this is the creation of a self-tasking working group to study requirements for Post Market Environmental Monitoring in order to provide guidance for applicants and regulatory authorities.