Article 36 Cooperation

One of EFSA’s priorities is enhanced cooperation and networking in Europe. In line with article 36 of the Founding Regulation and its implementing rules, a list of organisations capable of assisting EFSA in its tasks was approved by EFSA’s Management Board in December 2006. The list is based on nominations made by Member States. It is an important practical tool for the implementation of the strategy for cooperation and networking with the Member States. Since organisations evolve and needs may change in response to scientific and policy developments, this is a living list, subject to additions and alterations. .An updated list was approved by the EFSA Management Board in December 2008.

Competent organisations on this list are approved in principle to undertake work on behalf of EFSA. It does not mean that all organisations will necessarily undertake such work. Work will be performed in areas such as:

  • Data collection
  • Other preparatory work for the development of scientific opinions
  • Other scientific and technical support

Based on details in the Annual Work Programme, EFSA may decide to allocate financial support for tasks entrusted to these organisations in the form of grants, through calls for proposals. Networking with these competent organisations enables EFSA to use a wider spectrum of scientific excellence in Europe. This helps EFSA respond more effectively and flexibly to its growing workload.

Annual work programmes for grants

Financial support for organisations on the article 36 list takes the form of grants, in line with Commission Regulation (EC) No 2230/2004. Grants are awarded in accordance with EFSA’s Founding Regulation and implementing rules. They are based on the Annual Work Programme, and as a rule are implemented through calls for proposals relating to specific tasks.

2010 work programme (115 KB)

2009 work programme (43 KB)

2008 work programme (35 KB)

2007 work programme (36 KB)

2006 work programme (14 KB)