EFSA Information


Ireland’s Contribution to EFSA

National Focal Point

The national focal points are considered EFSA’s ‘ambassadors’ in the Member States. In Ireland, the FSAI is named as the national focal point. They serve as relay contacts between risk managers, national authorities, research institutes, stakeholders and consumers in the Member States and ensure the adequate and timely two-way exchange of all relevant information. The role of the focal point is to keep EFSA and Advisory Forum members informed of national risk assessment and scientific developments. The network of focal points coordinate communications with risk assessment institutes in the Member States and are closely involved in work programmes conducted by EFSA and by national authorities.

Further details on the role of the Focal Point in Ireland can be found in our information leaflet Food Safety Authority of Ireland: EFSA Focal Point.  

You can contact the FSAI Focal Point by emailing: focalpoint@fsai.ie

Article 36 List

The Article 36 List is a list of competent organisations that are eligible to assist EFSA in its tasks through responding to calls for proposals (Article 36 grants). 

The organisations included on the Article 36 List are designated by Member States with the support of EFSA Focal Points and must comply with criteria set out in Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2230/2004. Since organisations evolve and needs change with regards to scientific and policy developments, the list is regularly reviewed.

Networking with these organisations facilitates the coordination of activities, exchange of information, development and implementation of joint scientific projects, as well as the sharing of expertise and best practices in the fields within EFSA’s remit.

Scientific projects are supported by EFSA through grants and public procurement. Organisations can submit proposals for grants following the publication of calls for proposals (open to Article 36 organisations only) or following publication of calls for tenders (open to all applicants according to the specifications of the call).

Benefits of becoming an Article 36 organisation include; funding opportunities, access to information and networking opportunities. See more information on Article 36 on the EFSA website.

Advisory Forum

EFSA’s Advisory Forum connects EFSA with the national food safety authorities of all EU Member States. Its members represent each national body responsible for risk assessment in the EU. Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, FSAI, represents Ireland on the Advisory Forum.

The Forum is at the heart of EFSA’s collaborative approach to working with the EU Member States. Through it, EFSA and the Member States can join forces in addressing European risk assessment and risk communications issues.

Members use the Forum to advise EFSA on scientific matters, its work programme and priorities, and to address emerging risk issues as early as possible.

EFSA Scientific Committee and Panels

EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Panels are composed of highly qualified experts in scientific risk assessment, with a breadth of expertise allowing EFSA to address all aspects of its remit: from food and feed safety to nutrition, animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health.

Members of EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Panels are appointed through a rigorous selection procedure on the basis of proven scientific excellence. The scientists work for EFSA in an independent capacity bringing their expertise and experience from a diverse range of backgrounds together in a joint assessment result. Over 1,000 scientists applied to become EFSA panel members following a call for experts held in the summer of 2017. 

Several Irish experts have been selected to join the EFSA Scientific Committee and Panels from July 2018 to July 2021:

  • Prof Simon More, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, University College Dublin has been selected as a Member of the Scientific Committee.

The Scientific Committee develops harmonised risk assessment methodologies on scientific matters of a horizontal nature in the fields within EFSA's remit where EU-wide approaches are not already defined. It provides general co-ordination to ensure consistency in the scientific opinions prepared by EFSA's Scientific Panels. It also provides strategic scientific advice to EFSA’s management.

  • Dr Declan Bolton, Principal Research Officer, Teagasc has been selected as a Member of the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards

The Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) provides scientific advice on biological hazards in relation to food safety and food-borne diseases. This covers animal diseases transmissible to humans; transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; food microbiology; food hygiene and associated waste management issues


  • Dr Christina Tlustos, Chief Specialist in Chemical Safety, Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been selected as a Member of the Scientific Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids 

The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF)* evaluates the safety of chemical substances added to food or used in food packaging, and related processes. The Panel's work mainly concerns substances and processes evaluated by EFSA before their use can be authorised in the EU.

  • Prof John Kearney, Lecturer, Technological University Dublin has been selected as a Member of the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies

The Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA)* deals with questions related to dietetic products, nutrition and food allergies as well as associated subjects such as novel foods.

EU-FORA - The EUropean FOod Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme - 2022/23 Main features 

1. The call seeks to identify consortia of fellow sending organisations and hosting sites for the cycle 2022-2023 (September 2022-August 2023).
• EFSA intends to fund proposals for the placement of 15 fellows.
2. Consortia must be made of only two Art. 36 organisations from two different EU countries, Norway or Iceland, one acting as the Applicant (leading entity of the consortium and the institution of origin of the fellow) and the other organisation as the Partner (the hosting site in charge of the working programme and training of the fellow).
3. Fellows remain staff members of their sending organisation throughout the duration of the fellowship.
4. The maximum number of fellows to be proposed to be trained per fellow sending organisation is two (2).
5. The maximum number of fellows that can be trained at the same hosting site is three (3).
6. A hosting site can apply as a partner in different consortia offering the same work programme to a maximum of three (3) fellows.
7. The maximum number of fellows to be trained in the same hosting country is five (5).
8. The proposed work programme will be performed mostly remotely, with a foreseen stay of 3 to 5 months at the hosting site.
9. EFSA’s contribution will be of € 55,000 per grant (for each fellow).
The total amount of the EFSA grant intends to support the costs incurred by the fellow sending organisation by releasing an employee of his/her tasks while he/she remains a staff member of the institution, as well as the costs derived from the payment of fellow expenses for physical attendance at hosting site. Moreover, the sum is intended to compensate the costs of supervision by the hosting site. Finally, the sum will serve to contribute to the administrative costs associated to the signature and implementation of the Programme by both organisations. EFSA does not prescribe how the grant should be divided between the two organisations.
10. For further questions on the Call, please refer to EFSAProcurement@efsa.europa.eu

Learn more about EU-FORA  

Last reviewed: 17/12/2021

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