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EU: EFSA call for read-across methods for hazard characterization open

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the call for proposals GP/EFSA/AFSCO/2015/01: New approaches in identifying and characterizing microbiological and chemical hazards.


The main objective of the call is to facilitate a scientific co­operation framework, the development and implementation of joint projects, and the exchange of expertise and best practices in the fields within the Authority’s mission. In particular, the action financed by the EFSA grant to be awarded following the present call for proposals shall contribute to the objective of boosting scientific cooperation between scientists and research organizations with a competence in the development and vali­dation of new approaches in the area of microbiological and chemical hazard assessment. It is of paramount importance to coordinate efforts between the food, veterinary and human health sectors in order to obtain maximum benefits from the use of whole genome sequence (WGS) and read across methodolo­gies for microbial and chemical food safety, respectively.


Specific objectives of the call:

A) Making use of molecular approaches to identify and char­acterize microbial foodborne pathogens, specifically using whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis, to enhance the understanding, the traceability and spread of the disease in humans that these bacteria populations may cause.

B) Development and application of read across methodologies to the hazard assessment of chemicals in the food safety area


Deadline: April 30, 2015




Adapted from EFSA Call GP/EFSA/AFSCO/2015/01

November 11, 2014

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