Efsa calls for new CEF recruits

The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) has launched a call for new members of two of its most significant scientific panels.

Opened on 18 May, this is for independent scientists to join its Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF); or its Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS).

Applicants have until 30 June 2016 to make an application. These will then be assessed by Efsa staff, and successful applicants will enter tenure with the CEF and ANS from 1 July 2017. Panellists are likely to attend Efsa for 12-18 days each year in relation to this work. One of their main tasks is to participate in evaluating requests for new uses of materials packaging and of food ingredients.

Both groups are overseen by the Efsa’s scientific evaluation of regulated products department. Juliane Kleiner, its head, says: ‘This is demanding, highly interesting and rewarding work.

‘These two groups of experts are responsible for a substantial part of Efsa’s work in the area of regulated products, and have challenging programmes. The focus of the ANS Panel’s work in the coming years will be in the re-evaluation programme of food additives – particularly emulsifiers, stabilisers, gelling agents and sweeteners.

‘One of the main tasks for our CEF experts will be the evaluation of food enzymes – including those from genetically modified microorganisms, with a view to establishing an EU-approved list.’

The call is part of an annual programme to renew membership of both panels. Tenure typically lasts for three years. In this year’s announcement, however, there is a caveat noting that ‘possible forthcoming legislative changes’ may mean this lasts for just one year.

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