EFSA specialized trainings on certain aspects of food safety risk assessment

LOT 2: Trainings on horizontal scientific assessment methodologies

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EFSA is launching several training activities in 2023 to enable the understanding and practical implementation of risk/benefit assessment practices, to strengthen the dissemination of scientific risk assessment Guidance Documents and modeling practices, and to ensure the uptake of Guidance Documents on cross-cutting risk assessment approaches already developed by EFSA. The trainings are intended for members of the EFSA Scientific Committee/Panels, their working groups, EFSA staff, EFSA’s networks, and, if eligible from EFSA’s point of view, other interested parties. 

Training modalities will include on-site training courses at EFSA in Parma (Italy) as well as several virtual trainings such as online seminars, e-learning packages and online tutorials.

If you are interested in making use of this training offer, please register by filling in the corresponding registration form. If EFSA considers you eligible, you will be notified a few days after the registration deadline and will receive further information, such as your log-in data for the e-learning platform, in due time. The online tutorial will be publicly available and requires no registration; the link will be shared here, once the tutorial is online. 

Training Topics

Four topics will be trained in 2023-2024 in the field of food safety risk assessment. For detailed information on each training topic and online registration, please click on the corresponding link.


1. The EFSA scientific assessment principles and process

Tutors: Monika Batke (freelancer) / Martin F. Wilks (freelancer)


2. How to identify, characterize and communicate uncertainties in EFSA’s scientific assessments

Tutor: Ullrika Sahlin (Lund University, Sweden)

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3. Use of new-approach methodologies (e.g. in-silico and in-vitro tools) in chemical risk assessment

Tutors: Sylvia Escher (Fraunhofer ITEM, Germany), Mirjam Luijten and Emiel Rorije (RIVM, The Netherlands), Emilio Benfenati (Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Italy)

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4. Principles of human health risk-benefit assessment of foods

Main tutor: Sara Monteiro Pires (DTU, Denmark)

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