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Improving Risk Assessment in the European Food Safety Authority: Lessons From the European Medicines Agency

Chatzopoulou, Sevasti and Eriksson, Nelida Leiva (2020). Improving Risk Assessment in the European Food Safety Authority: Lessons From the European Medicines Agency. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11 , 349 , 1-11
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Abstract

The recent Regulation (EU) 2019/1381, published on the 6th September 2019, aims to improve the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain by amending the General Food Law Regulation (EC 178/2002) and a number of other regulations related to the food sector. This Regulation is introduced as a response to the Fitness Check of the General Food Law Regulation as well as a response to public concerns expressed by a European Citizens' Initiative on glyphosate and pesticides. This article evaluates the amendments introduced by Regulation 2019/1381with respect to the institutional and regulatory environment in the food chain and more specifically concerning the risk assessment procedure. For this purpose, we perform a comparison of the institutional and organizational characteristics of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) in relation to the processes of risk assessment and risk evaluation, especially the processes surrounding genetically modified foods and pesticides, and how these characteristics affect the politicization of these processes. We conclude that the risk assessment process followed by EFSA would have benefitted and become more effective and less politicized, if the recent Regulation 2019/1381 had introduced some of EMA's institutional structures and methods on risk evaluation.

Authors/Creators:Chatzopoulou, Sevasti and Eriksson, Nelida Leiva
Title:Improving Risk Assessment in the European Food Safety Authority: Lessons From the European Medicines Agency
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:11
Article number:349
Number of Pages:11
Publisher:Frontiers
ISSN:1664-462X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Public Administration Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
Keywords:risk, assessment, food, regulatory, governance
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105716
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105716
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3389/fpls.2020.00349
Web of Science (WoS)000529263800001
ID Code:17116
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Breeding (from 130101)
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Jun 2020 13:39
Metadata Last Modified:18 Aug 2020 22:38

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