The Food Safety Authority of Ireland represents Ireland on food safety issues in Europe. The Authority has regular contact with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The FSAI consults on and assists in the development of well founded and effective European food law, taking into account the principles of better regulation.

European and national level activities are co-ordinated by EFSA by means of close co-operation through EFSA’s Advisory Forum, National Focal Point and Scientific Committees, Panels and Networks. This structure allows Member States and EFSA to work together to exchange scientific information and data, co-ordinate work programmes, pool resources and co-operate on joint projects. 

EFSA’s Grants  

EFSA regularly awards grants or subsidies for projects and activities that contribute to EFSA’s mission in the areas of data collection, preparatory work for scientific opinions, other scientific and technical assistance.

 2022 EFSA Scientific Cooperation plan: calls for tenders (procurement) and calls for proposals (grants) with the indicative title, budget and timing for launch are advertised on the EFSA website. Please note, this information is indicative and does not constitute an obligation on EFSA to launch any given procedure. 

Further information on EFSA Grants and EFSA Procurement

New job opportunity in EFSA

EFSA is looking for Seconded National Experts to fill in two positions, one for the Nutrition & Food Innovation Unit and one for the Integrated Data Unit. The selected candidates are expected to start as soon as possible. More information can be found here  


 EFSA is organising the Risk Assessment Research Assembly (RARA) that will take place, in person, in Berlin on 7 December 2022.

About RARA

To stimulate alignment between national and EU research funding, EFSA is bringing together funders, policy/decision makers and leading food safety researchers to showcase how research outputs can support regulatory science and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the Green Deal. Have your say on future directions in public funding and research in food safety risk assessment, both at national and EU level. This will be the second Risk Assessment Research Assembly (RARA) following the inaugural event in 2018.

Who should attend?

The conference is intended for scientific experts, researchers, research funders, policy/decision makers, persons interested in research programmes such as Horizon Europe, and national and global food actors.


The one-day event will host several plenary sessions, providing international perspectives and featuring panel debates, as well as three parallel break-out sessions to allow for in-depth discussion and interaction. See the detailed programme here.

The deadline for registration is 24 October. Please find more information at this link.


EFSA newsletters

EFSA highlights is a free weekly e-newsletter featuring what’s new on the EFSA website.


EFSA's Understanding Science Video Clips

Understanding Science is EFSA’s scientific white board video series in which EFSA staff explain scientific concepts.



Last reviewed: 20/9/2022

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