ANSES is a major player in the European and international arenas
Participation in expert appraisal and representation of France
ANSES's scientific staff are often called upon to take part in advisory missions, development of guidelines, identification of emerging hazards, and debates on the choice of prevention, control or inspection models. The Agency plays an active role here:
- in strategic thinking and planning of expert appraisal activities, through participation in decision-making or advisory bodies;
- in developing assessment methodologies and formulating recommendations, through provision of data or experts.
ANSES operates in the fields of competence of six different European agencies:
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (food safety, nutrition, animal health and welfare, plant health and protection),
- European Medicines Agency (EMA) (human and veterinary drugs),
- European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) (chemicals),
- European Environment Agency (EEA) (environment),
- European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC) (infectious diseases),
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) (occupational health and safety).
The Agency actively contributes to these agencies' work, particularly that of ECHA, EFSA and EMA.
Its scientists participate in many of the EU agencies' working groups and expert panels, as well as those of the European Commission, and especially the DG HEALTH.
ANSES also contributes to the work of international scientific panels set up by organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The Agency is the national representative appointed by the French Government:
- in the network of national agencies assessing the risks associated with the safety of food and feed, plant health, and animal health and welfare, run by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),
- in the network of national agencies assessing human and veterinary medicinal products, run by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (see here for further information regarding ANSES at European and international level).
The Agency has also been appointed:
- "national focal point" for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
The Agency coordinates scientific information exchange with other Member States, EFSA and French bodies providing support to EFSA. See the page on the EFSA focal point
- contact point for the European Environment Agency (EEA) for the environmental health topic
The Ministry of Ecology (Observation and Statistics Department of the General Commission for Sustainable Development) is France's national focal point for the EEA. It coordinates and manages the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET-France). This network is made up of 27 different thematic groups.
At the Ministry's request, the Agency was made the main contact point for the environmental health topic, and coordinates the group on this theme.
The Agency also chose to join with other thematic groups whose areas of competence fall within its scope, particularly noise.
The purpose of this involvement is to avoid any unnecessary duplication of work by sharing skills and resources. Dialogue and discussion also reduce the risk of diverging opinions or at least make it possible to understand and explain them.
In addition, as part of its monitoring and surveillance activities, particularly concerning emerging or re-emerging risks, ANSES takes part in international information exchange networks. These enable it to be informed of the occurrence of potentially harmful events as early as possible, and to anticipate and prevent risks affecting France. These networks, either institutional or informal, therefore increase the Agency's responsiveness.