Conflict of interest questions: EFSA wants feedback on policy

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EFSA is seeking comment from the scientific community, NGOs, MEPs and other stakeholders on its independence policy.

In that respect, it has launched an open consultation​ on a paper summarizing its stance.

A working group of the management board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) compiled the document.

EFSA said that group was established in October last year with the aim of reviewing the Authority’s current principles in relation to issues such as conflict of interest and transparency.

EFSA said the members met five times from November 2016 until January 2017 and evaluated its policy in relation to:

  • Definition of conflict of interest
  • Financial or economic interests
  • A risk based approach for competing interest management
  • Cooperation with EFSA’s partners
  • Cooling-off periods
  • Research funding and other scientific activities, and
  • Transparency and enforcement.

A draft paper, which reflects the outcome of the working group’s review, is now available for feedback, and can be read here​.

The deadline for comment is 5 May 2017.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has also launched a call for expressions of interest to fill seven of the 14 positions on EFSA’s Management Board. Appointments will be for four-year terms from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022. The online application form can be accessed here​.

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