Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

EFSA News Item, 21 June 2017

EFSA - EFSA reinforces independence policy

EFSA has a robust, well-balanced independence policy, its Management Board said today after approving a number of new measures to further strengthen the Authority’s impartiality and protection against improper influence.

Jaana Husu-Kallio, Chair of the Board, said: “The policy we agreed today is the result of months of debate and consultation. We thank our stakeholders and the public for their important suggestions, which were considered with great care. The system already in place was robust and effective and we have further strengthened it.

 “Independence is not black and white – we have to strike a balance between attracting experts and securing ourselves against undue influence. Some people might think we have gone too far or could have gone further, but I am confident that we have got the balance right.”

She added: “The next challenge is to implement the policy, to turn the words into action. We will do this by the end of 2017 so that the new rules can be used in the renewal process for our scientific panels, which begin new terms in 2018.”

EFSA’s existing range of safeguards rests on a comprehensive system for avoiding conflicts of interest among its external scientific experts. These measures include:

The revised policy now includes:

Bernhard Url, EFSA’s Executive Director, said: “I am pleased that our governing body has equipped us with such a strong set of measures. EFSA’s scientific advice has little value unless it is trusted, and the public will grant us that trust only if they can see that we are independent.”

A copy of the EFSA Policy is available on this site. See: EFSA’s policy on independence

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