Within the scope of the 15th anniversary celebrations at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Institute is extending a joint invitation to an international symposium “Global Past, Present and Future Challenges in Risk Assessment – Strengthening Consumer Health Protection” from 30 November to 1 December 2017, along with the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food) and South Korea’s National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS). The focus of the scientific presentations and discussions is placed just as much on past crises, such as the EHEC outbreak in 2011, as it is on present challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance and hormone damaging substances, as well as the risk assessment tasks of the future, such as the harmonisation of assessment criteria on international level. The four partner institutions agree that existing data should be used to establish joint standards for scientific risk assessment on international level. The symposium is also to be used to examine how the trust of various interest groups in scientific research and risk assessment can be maintained in the future too.
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