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April 10, 2019

Presentations Available from EFSA Stakeholder Workshop on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held a stakeholder workshop on April 1-2, 2019, on the implementation of its guidance on the risk assessment of applications of nanosciences and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain.  As reported in our July 5, 2018, blog item, “EFSA Publishes New Guidance on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed,” in July 2018, EFSA published new guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications.  The guidance covers novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives, and pesticides, taking into account new developments that have taken place since publication of the previous guidance in 2011.  The workshop was an opportunity for stakeholders, EFSA, and its experts to have an open discussion and share their experiences on implementing the EFSA guidance, focusing on human and animal health.  The workshop was attended by 60 participants, who discussed the challenges they have faced implementing the guidance and shared examples of good practice.  Stakeholders made suggestions on some sections of the guidance, which were noted for consideration by EFSA’s Working Group on Nanotechnologies.  EFSA has posted the following presentations from the workshop: