EFSA tackles scientific uncertainties in risk assessments
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is seeking views on draft guidance on dealing with scientific uncertainties when carrying out risk assessments. Identifying and describing such uncertainties, and explaining their implications for assessment conclusions, are crucial parts of the EFSA’s responsibilities, it says. Uncertainties arise from many factors, including: limitations in data quality; non-standardised data across countries or categories; and the choice of one modelling technique over another. The draft guidance offers a “tool-box” of methods for analysing such uncertainties. Once approved, it will apply to all the EFSA’s assessments, including those carried out on pesticides and genetically modified crops. The deadline for comments is September 10th 2015.