Legal notice

The information on this website is subject to a disclaimer, a linking policy, a copyright notice and a notice on personal data protection and confidentiality.


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) maintains this website to enhance public access to information about its scientific activities and initiatives in line with the transparency principle to which it is subject. EFSA’s goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. All links are up to date at the time of the publication. If errors are brought to EFSA’s attention, EFSA will try to correct them. However, please note that EFSA may not be held liable for errors, inaccuracies or inconsistencies with regard to texts available on its websites being different from its scientific and administrative documents officially adopted and/or issued and/or endorsed. Nor may it be held liable for information provided by third parties for which the Authority is not responsible. With regard to European legal acts, only European Union legislation published in paper editions of the Official Journal of the European Union is deemed authentic.

Information published on the EFSA website:

  • Is of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity.
  • Can contain links to external websites over which EFSA has no control and for which the Authority assumes no responsibility.
  • Is not to be interpreted as a professional or legal advice addressed to the public at large or to single entities or individuals (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

It is EFSA’s goal to minimize disruption caused by technical errors. However, some data or information on EFSA’s website may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and EFSA cannot guarantee that its service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. EFSA may not be held liable for errors, inaccuracies or inconsistencies resulting from an incorrect disclosure, communication or publication due to technical problems or otherwise not accountable to it.

Linking policy

EFSA encourages organisations and individuals to create links to its website under the following conditions:

  • Links must not be used in a defamatory context.
  • Links to EFSA should not be displayed in a manner which suggests endorsement of any commercial product or service or of any scientific or administrative output or of the information or text in the context of which it is published.
  • Links to EFSA should not be displayed alongside advertising.

Copyright notice

© EFSA. Reproduction is authorized, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated.
Where prior permission must be obtained for the reproduction or use of textual and multimedia information (sound, images, software, etc.), such permission shall cancel the before mentioned general permission and indicate clearly the restrictions on use.

The EFSA logo is the exclusive property of EFSA. Its use is prohibited without the prior written permission of EFSA.

Notice on personal data protection and confidentiality

1. Personal Data Protection

EFSA is committed to user privacy.

The policy on protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

You can browse through the EFSA website without giving any information about yourself. However, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide personal services.

In this respect:

  • For each specific service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific service with the privacy policy;
  • At EFSA, the Data Protection Officer,, monitors the compliance with the Regulation and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations;
  • For all EU Institutions and Agencies, the European Data Protection Supervisor acts as an independent supervisory authority with regard to the protection of personal data.

2. Statement on confidential information

In the area of EFSA’s mission, several specific legal acts provide confidentiality clauses setting out the conditions in which certain documents or information may be disclosed. In certain of these vertical legal acts the legislator has given other EU bodies than EFSA (e.g. the Commission or the Member States) the competence to accept/reject confidentiality claims of third parties with regard to the data processed under the specific legal act.

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