Among the many international contacts of DFI, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the most important one.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the agency of the European Union (EU) that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain. EFSA was established in February 2002, is based in Parma, Italy. The work of EFSA covers all matters with a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety, including animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health or nutrition. EFSA supports the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Member States in taking effective and timely risk management decisions that ensure the protection of the health of European consumers and the safety of the food and feed chain. EFSA also communicates to the public in an open and transparent way on all matters within its remit.

As the European institution responsible for food safety risk assessment, EFSA has also various data-related activities. EFSA collects food consumption and food contaminants data from all over Europe.

The Digital Food Institute collaborates with EFSA in various fields: risk assessment, emerging risk identification, strategic planning, applying social science methodologies in food safety decision making and also in data collection and modelling activities. Through the various EFSA networks we also collaborate with many European risk assessment institutions and public health authorities.

EFSA Research Platform

The DFI's staff participate in the following EFSA working groups and networks:

EU-FORA – The European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme

The European Food Risk Assessment (EU-FORA) Fellowship Programme is a key initiative for ensuring preparedness for future risk analysis needs. Based on the experience of the past six years, the deadline to apply for the renewed programme as hosting site or fellow is 15 March 2023.

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