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EFSA Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food/Feed: annual report

EFSA Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food/Feed: annual report

EFSA  established  in  2010  the Network  for  Risk  Assessment  of  Nanotechnologies  in  Food  and  Feed to  enhance  cooperation, exchange  of  information  and risk assessment prioritisation,between EFSA and EU  MS’son nanomaterials.

The specific objectives of this Network are to:

  • Facilitate harmonisation of assessment practices and methodologies by sharing best practices of risk assessment, discussing ongoing issues in risk  assessment to avoid duplication and divergent opinions, and discussing new guidance under  development or developed for risk assessment of applications of nanotechnologies;
  • Enhance exchange of information and data between EFSA and MS by discussing issues of availability and quality of data required for risk assessment purposes, sharing information and experience in data collection and surveillance, and identifying and mapping expertise in specific areas and on specific issues for risk assessment of applications of nanotechnologies;
  • Achieve synergies in risk assessment activities by discussing priorities for risk assessment and new scientific developments and identifying priority research needs and common themes and areas for mutual cooperation.

Upon request from the European Commission, the Scientific Committee subsequently provided in April 2011 guidance for assessing the potential  risks  arising  from  applications  of  nanoscience  and  nanotechnologies  to  food,  feed  and pesticides.

During 2017, the Network contributed to the draft guidance document for risk assessment of nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human health, which will be ready to be launched for public consultation from January-March 2018.

The  publication  of  this  annual  report  informs  the  public,  stakeholders  and research  communities  about  elements  of  risk  assessment  that  need  expert  advice  or  further development.

EFSA is closely following developments  in the area of nanotechnologies in food  and feed in order to address  the  need  to  provide  further  specific  guidance  where  possible. However, there  is  however  still  a  lack  of  data  and  a  lack  of  harmonized  and validated methodologies on crucial elements of the risk assessment.

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