The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a discussion paper setting out its policy and plans to become an ‘Open EFSA’ for public consultation. The Authority aims to open up its scientific processes and become more transparent and accountable.
The discussion paper is the latest step in a transparency initiative launched last year and has been prompted by a recognition that the development of technology since the founding of EFSA in 2002 means that stakeholders now have many more channels to communicate with the Authority and get involved with its work.
Among the key questions that EFSA hopes will be debated during the consultation are how scientific processes can be made more understandable without compromising debate among experts and how to provide better accessibility while still protecting commercially sensitive data.
The consultation will be open until 15 September and interested parties can respond to the discussion paper online. More information can be found here.