EFSA’s 15th Scientific Colloquium – Emerging Risks (Parma,Italy)
- Keynote on Methods for the Identification of Emerging Risks.
- Chair of Discussion Group on Methods for the Identification of Emerging Risks.
EFSA’s 15th Scientific Colloquium – Emerging Risks (Parma, Italy)
In a rapidly changing world, governments are frequently confronted with unforeseen crises as well as longer term challenges arising from a broad range of domains. As a consequence, policy makers are now becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having robust systems in place to identify emerging risks at their early inception. Ideally, such a system would provide an opportunity for risk assessors to undertake their full risk characterization, and for risk managers to put in place strategies for prevention and control, possibly avoiding unnecessary scares at a population level.
EFSA is developing a methodological framework, including a data monitoring capacity, data filtering methodology and networking structures to identify emerging risks and drivers of emerging risks in a timely fashion and to communicate these to the risk manager.
The objective of this Colloquium is to bring together international experts from different sectors related to food safety for an open scientific debate on key issues related to the identification of emerging risks, as defined by EFSA in 2007 (Definition and description of emerging risks within the EFSA’s mandate).
The main objective is to provide inputs for the development of EFSA’s methodological framework for emerging risks identification.
Discussions will focus on four main topics, namely on available methods to identify emerging risks, strategic sources of information and strategies for data collection, identification of drivers of change as underling causes of emerging risks, and on opportunities for the establishment of an international network to communicate on emerging risks.
The meeting was structured to enable participants to reach conclusions and make recommendations in small groups, focusing the discussions on four specific topics after a short plenary session with few introductory presentations. The discussion groups (DGs) were focused on the following themes:
DG 1 – Methods for the identification of emerging risks
DG 2 – Identification of data types and sources for the identification of emerging risks
DG 3 – How to build an international network, and to communicate successfully with the risk managers on emerging risks
DG 4 – Potential drivers of change – an expert opinion elicitation
For the Colloquium agenda, please click here