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Scientific motivations and criteria to consider updating EFSA scientific assessments

Hardy, Anthony and Benford, Diane and Halldorsson, Thorhallur and Jeger, Michael John and Knutsen, Katrine Helle and More, Simon and Mortensen, Alicja and Naegeli, Hanspeter and Noteborn, Hubert and Ockleford, Colin and Ricci, Antonia and Rychen, Guido and Schlatter, Josep R. and Silano, Vittorio and Solecki, Roland and Turck, Dominique and Brock, Theo and Chesson, Andrew and Karenlampi, Sirpa and Lambre, Claude and Sanz, Yolande and Goumperis, Tilemachos and Kleiner, Juliane and Maurici, Daniela (2017) Scientific motivations and criteria to consider updating EFSA scientific assessments. EFSA Journal, 15 (3). ISSN 1831-4732

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Abstract

Abstract EFSA is committed to assess and communicate the risks occurring in the food and feed chain from farm to fork and to provide other forms of scientific advice. This work, carried out by EFSA since its inception, has resulted in the adoption of thousands of scientific assessments. EFSA is obliged to re-assess past assessments in specific regulatory contexts such as those on food and feed additives, active substances in plant protection products and genetically modified food and feed. In other sectors, the consideration for updating past EFSA scientific assessments is taken on an ad hoc basis mainly depending on specific requests by risk managers or on EFSA self-tasking. If safety is potentially at stake in any area within EFSA's remit, the readiness to update past scientific assessments is important to keep EFSA at the forefront of science and to promote an effective risk assessment. Although this task might be very complex and resource demanding, it is fundamental to EFSA's mission. The present EFSA Scientific Committee opinion deals with scientific motivations and criteria to contribute to the timely updating of EFSA scientific assessments. It is recognised that the decision for updating should be agreed following careful consideration of all the relevant elements by the EFSA management, in collaboration with risk managers and stakeholders. The present opinion addresses the scientific approaches through which it would be possible for EFSA to increase the speed and effectiveness of the acquisition of new data, as well as, to improve the consequent evaluations to assess the relevance and reliability of new data in the context of contributing to the better definition of whether to update past scientific assessments.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: EFSA Journal
Subjects: ?? SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENTGUIDANCEMETHODOLOGY ??
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 130918
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2019 12:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 17:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/130918

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