On Wednesday, MEPs will vote on new rules to ensure the EU’s risk assessment procedure for food safety is more transparent and independent.
The new rules, informally agreed with EU ministers in February, will create a common European Database of commissioned studies to deter companies applying for authorisation from withholding unfavourable studies. They will also improve transparency and ensure that studies submitted by industry to support applications and used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are more reliable, objective and independent.
In addition, third parties may be used to identify whether other relevant scientific data or studies exist, once the submitted studies are made public by the EFSA.
Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure
Debate: Tuesday 16 April
Vote: Wednesday, 17 April