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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

ANSES: representing France at European and international organisations

There are two prerequisites for organising and coordinating an international network: 

  • participation in projects carried out by European and international organisations;
  • development of scientific cooperation with key partners abroad.

As part of bilateral agreements or on request from government bodies or international organisations, the Agency provides scientific, technical and methodological support to its institutional partners abroad (more information on institutional cooperation).


The Agency represents France

  • In the network of national agencies responsible for assessment of risks related to food for human and animal consumption, to plant health, and to animal health and welfare, coordinated by the  European Food Safety Authority (EFSA);
  • In the network of national agencies responsible for assessment of medicinal products for human or veterinary use, coordinated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (more information on the European and international activities of the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products within Anses).


The Agency is the contact point for various EU bodies


  • ANSES is the national focal point for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The focal point is an organisation that coordinates and regulates information exchange.

In this capacity, it coordinates scientific information exchange with the other Member States, EFSA, and French organisations that provide support to EFSA. The main role of the focal point is to share and disseminate scientific information related to risk assessments falling within the scope of EFSA’s responsibilities.

One of the specific missions of EFSA is to improve cooperation in Europe. To this end, the founding regulations of EFSA and its Advisory Forum designate "competent authorities” as key partners in each Member State. There are currently over 300 of these organisations, including 17 from France. To facilitate the flow of scientific information between EFSA and the national and foreign competent authorities, the Advisory Forum and EFSA agreed that there should be a national focal point in each Member State. The national focal point is most often within the national risk assessment agency.


  • The Agency is the contact point for the European Environment Agency (EEA)

The Ministry of Ecology (Department for observation and statistics of the General commission for sustainable development) is the national focal point for France with the European Environment Agency and, in this capacity, coordinates and manages the EIONET-France network (EIONET: European Environment Information and Observation Network). The network covers 27 different topic groups. The Agency was nominated by the Ministry as the main contact point (MCP) for the environmental health topic, and is responsible for organising and coordinating this focus group. The MCP ensures that the group brings together all the necessary expertise to fulfil its mission, represents France at topic meetings of the EEA, and decides on possible participation of other experts. ANSES also chose to participate in other focus groups dealing with topics falling within the scope of its mission, specifically, noise, groundwater, and climate change: impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. 


  • The Agency is a member of the Governing Board of the Med-Vet-Net network of excellence. The network comprises more than 40 European research organisations and its main objective is to develop and disseminate scientific knowledge on zoonoses, with a focus on foodborne diseases.


  • The Agency is involved in the EPIZONE Research Group. EPIZONE is an international network of veterinary research organisations working on epizootic diseases. It plays a key role in research on prevention, detection and control of animal diseases. The group is also active within the framework of the EuroFIR association whose purpose is the development, management, publication and exploitation of food composition data, and the promotion of international cooperation and harmonisation.


  • The Agency is part of CoVetLab, a collaboration network consisting of five national veterinary public health institutes from Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. All the members of CoVetLab carry out research and surveillance and are national and international reference laboratories for various animal diseases. Together, they promote veterinary science by disseminating knowledge, sharing experience and transferring skills and technology to protect animal health and public health.