European Food Safety Authority

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Young professional or expert, scientific or not, working for the European Food Safety Authority is a unique opportunity to work in an international and dynamic environment while having an impact on the well being of 445 million of European citizens.

Overview

EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament) and EU Member States. 

It was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s to be a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. The agency was legally established by the EU under the General Food Law - Regulation 178/2002.

The General Food Law created a European food safety system in which responsibility for risk assessment (science) and for risk management (policy) are kept separate. EFSA is responsible for the former area, and also has a duty to communicate its scientific findings to the public.

As the risk assessor, EFSA produces scientific opinions and advice that form the basis for European policies and legislation. Our remit covers:

  • Food and feed safety
  • Nutrition
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Plant protection
  • Plant health

Our values, our culture

A set of key values guides all of EFSA's activities. We are committed to upholding them in all areas of our work.

Scientific excellence

EFSA aims to provide high-quality scientific advice based on the expertise of its network of scientists and staff and the quality of its science-based information and methodologies, which are grounded in internationally recognised standards.

Independence

EFSA is committed to safeguarding the independence of its experts, methods and data from any undue external influence and to ensuring that it has the necessary mechanisms in place to achieve this.

Openness

Communicating openly and promptly on its scientific work helps foster trust in EFSA. As well as being transparent, we aim to engage civil society in our risk assessment work and connect with untapped scientific potential.

Innovation

Being pro-active and forward-looking enables EFSA to anticipate new challenges. We believe that regulatory science must keep pace with changes in the natural sciences, industry and society. We are constantly developing and adapting our data and working methods to ensure that the EU food safety system is at the forefront of scientific as well as administrative thinking and practice.

Cooperation

Working together and exchanging knowledge between food safety experts in the EU and globally ensures excellence and efficiency and maximises the available risk assessment capacity and potential. We believe that the totality of food safety expertise in Europe and internationally is greater than the sum of its individual parts.