EFSA training courses on risk assessment

Chemical and biological risk assessment of food safety

Two-day trainings and two-hour webinars

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Trainings on guidance documents developed by the EFSA Scientific Committee/EFSA on different aspects of chemical and biological risk assessment and different related tools

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recognized a need for training of its Networks, Panel and Scientific Committee members and scientific staff to facilitate their understanding, uptake and use of the best risk assessment practices developed by EFSA. In addition there is a need to strengthen the cross-fertilization of scientific discussion and support harmonization between the different scientific domains in EFSA.

In cooperation with Fraunhofer ITEM, EFSA offers a series of specialized training courses on certain aspects of food safety risk assessment for members of EFSA’s Scientific Committee/Panels, their working groups, members of the EFSA Networks, and EFSA staff. Course Coordinator is Dr. Annette Bitsch, Fraunhofer ITEM Division Director of Chemical Risk Assessment, who has many years of experience in regulatory risk assessment.

The duration of each training course in the EFSA facilities in Parma (Italy) will be two days (lunch to lunch on three consecutive workdays). ***PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC, THE COURSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE HALF DAYS.*** As seating is limited for the two-day training courses, some aspects of most topics will be trained in addition in a two-hour webinar. The webinars will be held a few days after the two-day training courses. Detailed information on each course will be made available via this website.

If you are interested in attending one or several courses or webinars, please register by filling in the corresponding registration form(s). About two weeks prior to each course, you will be informed whether your attendance is possible.

Training topics

Six courses are offered, some of them several times, covering the following six topics:

1. Combined exposure to multiple chemicals

Harmonization of risk assessment methodologies for human health and ecological risk assessment of combined exposure to multiple chemicals

Training Coordinator: Jacob van Klaveren (RIVM) 

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2. Risk assessment nanoscience and nanotechnologies

Risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in agro/food/feed

Training Coordinator: Otto Creutzenberg (Fraunhofer ITEM)

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3. Endocrine disruptors

Science-based criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the context of EU legislation on pesticides and biocides

Training Coordinator: Johanna Zilliacus (Karolinska Institute)

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5. Benchmark dose modeling in risk assessment

Use of the benchmark dose approach in risk assessment (this will require a knowledge and understanding of the SC Guidance on the use of the BMD approach in risk assessment and on how to use the EFSA platform for BMD analysis).

Training Coordinator: Wout Slob (RIVM)

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6. Computational toxicology tools

Computational toxicology tools, e.g. TTC, read-across and QSAR models

Training Coordinators: Sylvia Escher (Fraunhofer ITEM), Emiel Rorije (RIVM)

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Fraunhofer ITEM experts involved in the EFSA training courses

Annette Bitsch

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Dr. Annette Bitsch

Course Coordinator

Phone +49 511 5350-302

Sylvia Escher

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Dr. Sylvia Escher

Training Coordinator “Computational toxicology tools”

Phone +49 511 5350-330

Christina Ziemann

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Dr. Christina Ziemann

Training Coordinator “Principles of genotixicity in scientific assessment”

Phone +49 511 5350-203

Otto Creutzenberg

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Dr. Otto Creutzenberg

Training Coordinator “Risk assessment nanoscience and nanotechnologies”

Phone +49 511 5350-461