European and international expert appraisal activities
The scientific staff of ANSES are often called on to participate in consulting activities, drafting of guidelines, identifying emerging hazards, and in determining prevention, control or inspection protocols.
The areas of expertise of ANSES correspond to those covered by six European agencies:
- EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
- EMA (European Medicines Agency)
- ECHA (European Chemicals Agency)
- EEA (European Environment Agency)
- ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
- EU-OSHA (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Scientists from the Agency are members of working groups and expert panels at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which assesses health and nutrition risks in support of the European Commission, and of independent scientific committees appointed by the European Commission to evaluate non-food related risks. In some cases, for example at EFSA and the EMA, the Agency is the designated national representative of the French government.
ANSES also contributes to the programmes of international scientific expert committees established by organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
ANSES actively contributes to these organisations by:
- debating strategy and planning expert appraisal activities through its participation in decision-making and advisory bodies;
- developing evaluation methodologies and drafting recommendations by providing data or the assistance of experts.
In addition to increasing recognition of national expertise, the aim of participation in these organisations is to prevent unnecessary duplication of projects by pooling expertise and resources. Dialogue and discussion also make it possible to reduce the risk of diverging views or at least to understand and explain differences in opinion.
In addition, through these monitoring activities, particularly on emerging or re-emerging risks, ANSES participates in international information exchange networks that help it to become aware of potentially harmful events as early as possible, with the aim of anticipating and preventing risks for France. Whether the exchanges with these networks are institutional or informal, they enhance the Agency’s responsiveness.