- Advisory Forum

The EFSA’s Advisory Forum connects the EFSA with the national food safety authorities ofall 28 EU Members States, Iceland and Norway. Representatives from Switzerland, the candidate countries (Serbia, Montenegro, Turkey, Republic of Macedonia) and the European Commission participate as observers. Members of the Advisory Forum represent each national body responsible for risk assessment. The Forum's meetings are chaired by the EFSA’s Executive Director.

The Forum is at the heart of the EFSA’s collaborative approach to working together with the EU Member States. Through it, the EFSA and the Member States can join forces in addressing European risk assessment and risk communication issues. Members use the Forum to advise the EFSA on scientific matters, its work programme and priorities, and to address emerging risk as early as possible.




Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment



Xavier VAN huffel

Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (AFSCA-FAVV)


Find out more: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/networks/af.htm

Focal Point





Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

International Relations Unit




Laurence Ballieux

Phone: 00 32 2 524 90 38

E-mail: efsafocalpoint@health.belgium.be


Find out more: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/networks/fp.htm

- Networks of scientific organisations supporting EFSA units

The EFSA’s networks consist of nationally appointed EU Member State organisations (through their respective Advisory Forum member) with expertise in the fields covered by each of the networks. Representatives of the Commission and of other organisations, including those from outside the EU, with specific expertise in the different fields concerned may also be invited to participate in the work of the EFSA networks.

Networks are chaired by the EFSA and supported by the relevant national EFSA unit. Their aim is to facilitate scientific cooperation in the fields defined by the EFSA’s mission.

Find out more: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/science/wgs-and-networks