The European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are working together in a variety of scientific and technical specialties related to food and feed safety, animal health and welfare, plant health, and nutrition. They have recently renewed their commitment to these areas.
EFSA executive director, Bernhard Url, was at JRC on June 26 to discuss future cooperation with JRC director general, Vladimír Šucha, as the heads of the two organizations signed a renewed collaboration agreement.
Both institutions emphasized information exchange and joint activities on topics including sectoral food legislation (e.g., GMOs, feed additives, or pesticides), combined exposure of chemicals and chemical mixtures, and collection and use of landscape and environmental data for use in risk assessment.
According to the agreement, EFSA aims to provide technical quality of scientific advice, that is issued based on the expertise of its scientists and its science-based information and methodologies, which are grounded on internationally recognized standards.
As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the JRC’s mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle, according to EFSA. Working in close cooperation with other European Commission’s Directorates General, in this particular case with DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), the JRC contributes to the harmonization of methods, standards, and practices in support of legislation targeting health and consumer protection. Especially through its Directorates F and D, the JRC conducts research in the fields of health, consumers and reference materials, and in sustainable resources.
Through joint efforts of EFSA and the JRC, new approaches can be identified and developed in the areas of risk assessment, mutually benefiting both organizations in achieving their objectives.