The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of
European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety.
In close collaboration with national authorities and in open
consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent
scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging
risks. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in
January 2002, following a series of food crises in the late 1990s,
as an independent source of scientific advice and communication on
risks associated with the food chain. EFSA was created as part of a
comprehensive programme to improve EU food safety, ensure a high
level of consumer protection and restore and maintain confidence in
the EU food supply.
In the European food safety system, risk assessment is done
independently from risk management. As the risk assessor, EFSA
produces scientific opinions and advice to provide a sound
foundation for European policies and legislation and to support the
European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States in
taking effective and timely risk management decisions.
EFSA s remit covers food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health
and welfare, plant protection and plant health. In all these
fields, EFSA s most critical commitment is to provide objective and
independent science-based advice and clear communication grounded
in the most up-to-date scientific information and knowledge.
EFSA s goal is to become globally recognized as the European
reference body for risk assessment on food and feed safety, animal
health and welfare, nutrition, plant protection and plant health
EFSA s independent scientific advice underpins the European food
safety system. Thanks to this system, European consumers are among
the best protected and best informed in the world as regards risks
in the food chain.
Food is essential to life. We are committed to ensuring food safety
The European Food Safety Authority at a glance(0.4Mb)