EFSA is the EU risk assessment body for food and feed safety, including risk assessment of organisms hramful to plants with regard to their introduction into European Union and their spread within EU and its Member States.
On 19th of March, 2012 the third meeting of EFSA’s Scientific Network for Risk Assessment in Plant Health met in Parma to discuss pertinent issues in pest risk assessment on a national and European level. The aim of the network, since 2010 a new platform for cooperation between EFSA and national plant health authorities, is to exchange views on improving data collection and harmonising pest risk assessment across the European Union. The participants discussed possible areas for cooperation, including sharing on-going pest risk assessment activities, identifying emerging risks and other priorities in the area of plant health.
The meeting brought together plant health experts from EU Member States and Norway, observers from Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and representatives of the European Commission DG SANCO, European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation and EFSA staff. It gave EFSA an opportunity to give an overview of its activities, including an update on current risk assessment work, cooperation with Member States' institutions, outsourcing, research priorities and Horizon 2020.