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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005019/2018

In April 2018, the Commission adopted a proposal for a targeted revision of the General Food Law Regulation(1) and of eight other sectorial acts regarding the transparency and the sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain(2).

A key feature of the proposal is the development of a general plan for risk communication, which would identify, amongst others, the main tools and channels to be used for risk communication purposes and establish appropriate mechanisms to strengthen the coherence of risk communication and ensure an open dialogue amongst all interested parties. The general plan would have to be adopted by the Commission within two years from the date of the application of the regulation.

Furthermore, all studies and supporting information submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its risk assessment would have to be made public in an electronic format via the EFSA’s website. This would include the possibility to search, download and print them at the very early stage of the process, with the exception of duly justified confidential information.

The proposal also envisages actions to engage stakeholders and the public early on in the risk assessment process, so to ensure that EFSA has access to the broadest relevant scientific evidence possible. To this end, public consultations on submitted studies and (in the case of renewals of authorisations) on planned studies are foreseen in the context of applications for authorisations under Union food law.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety, OJ L 31, 1.2.2002, p. 1.
(2)Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain amending Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 [on general food law], Directive 2001/18/EC [on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs], Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 [on GM food and feed], Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 [on feed additives], Regulation (EC) No 2065/2003 [on smoke flavourings], Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 [on food contact materials], Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 [on the common authorisation procedure for food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings], Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 [on plant protection products] and Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283 [on novel foods], COM(2018) 0179 final — 2018/088 (COD).

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