Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership of the Scientific Panels and the Scientific Committee of EFSA 2023
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- 03 Feb 2023
- 04 Apr 2023
- Health Science
- Job Type
- Employment - Hours
- Full time
- Professional certification
Are you a motivated scientist seeking to make a difference and contribute to protecting public health in Europe? Would you like to harness your passion for science by working for the cornerstone of food safety risk assessment in Europe?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) delivers independent and transparent scientific advice to policy makers to ensure safety throughout the entire food chain - from farm to fork. EFSA's scientific advice is achieved through the work of our experts and in cooperation with national and international partners as well as an open dialogue with society. It contributes to the protection of human, animal and plant health as well as the environment.
Being a member of one of EFSA's Scientific Panels or the Scientific Committee means working alongside some of the best experts in Europe, developing your scientific career and network. Your scientific advice can make a difference to the health of European consumers and the future of Europe.
This call is addressed to scientists wishing to be considered for membership of either the Scientific Committee (SC) or one of EFSA’s ten (10) Scientific Panels, namely: Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW), Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ), Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM), Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA), Plant Health (PLH), Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR), Food Additives and Flavourings (FAF), Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP).
MEMBERS OF EFSA’S SCIENTIFIC PANELS AND THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
EFSA brings together Europe’s best available experts in risk assessment in the field of food and feed safety, animal health and welfare, plant health and the environment, who act in an independent capacity to provide the European Union Institutions and Member States with scientific advice of the highest standard.
Members of the Scientific Committee and Scientific Panels are selected and appointed in accordance with EFSA’s Founding Regulation and related rules. These rules detail the organisation, timing and criteria of the selection and appointment procedures and can be consulted by candidates for more information thereof.
Each Scientific Panel includes between 11 and 21 scientific experts, depending on the workload planned and the expertise required for the relevant term of office. The Scientific Committee is composed of the Chairs of the ten (10) Scientific Panels and six (6) other scientific experts who do not belong to any of the Scientific Panels. All these experts cooperate with EFSA independently of any external influence and shall not represent the opinion of a Member State, of their employers or of any other organisation.
Each Scientific Panel is supported by a variety of working groups that are set up to carry out the necessary preparatory work for specific mandates or regulated product areas. The working groups are usually chaired by panel experts and commonly contain specific subject matter experts as well as hearing experts in order to ensure the right scientific expertise is available to perform this preparatory work which is then reviewed by the Scientific Panel.
The Scientific Committee and each Scientific Panel have specific mandates (see ANNEX I) that will influence the nature of their work. Generally, members of the Scientific Committee and Scientific Panels are entrusted with the following main responsibilities:
- Timely preparation, discussion and adoption of scientific opinions, guidance documents and statements of the Scientific Panel(s) and/or the Scientific Committee and related activities of working groups.
- Ensuring the consistency of EFSA’s scientific assessment approaches, working in close cooperation with the other Scientific Panels and the Scientific Committee.
- Ensuring adherence to sector specific and horizontal EFSA guidance documents and relevant EU legislation.
- Contribution to harmonizing scientific assessments within relevant EU and Member States organisations.
The extent of the required contribution by Panel members varies depending on the complexity of the scientific outputs to be produced. When extensive preparatory work has been carried out by either the working groups, EFSA staff, or through outsourcing, the role of the Panels is to review the draft outputs and adopt them.
Members of the Scientific Panels/Scientific Committee are expected to work in cooperation, have a high degree of professional ethics and integrity and foster innovation in EFSA's risk assessment production.
Members of the Scientific Committee and Scientific Panels may be elected as Chair, vice- Chair of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panels or their working groups or designated as rapporteurs of working groups.
Candidates are requested to fill in and submit their application online using the EFSA Careers site at https://careers.efsa.europa.eu/Expert
In order to apply, candidates need to create an account on the EFSA Careers site, unless they already have one. Experts already working for EFSA should use their existing EFSA account and credentials to apply.
Candidates are required to indicate in the application form, the Scientific Panel and/or the Scientific Committee they wish to apply for, which best matches their areas of expertise (please refer to ANNEX I). An applicant may indicate an additional Scientific Panel/Scientific Committee as a second choice, in cases where their areas of expertise cover the remit of more than one Scientific Panel and/or the Scientific Committee. Candidates are invited to fill in their application form in English and should give careful consideration to the criteria and expertise required when preparing their applications.
The application form contains specific sections and questions which are meant to assess the suitability of the candidate for the position. Candidates should mandatorily fill in all sections of the application form, providing the necessary information and evidence, as this will form the basis for their evaluation.
EUROPEAN FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY
EFSA is an Agency of the European Union (EU) and an integral part of the EU’s food safety system.
Safety in the food chain from farm to fork is at EFSA’s core. EFSA contributes to protecting human health, taking account of animal health and welfare, plant health and the environment.
EFSA upholds the following values in all its activities: