A set of key values guides all of EFSA's activities. We are committed to upholding them in all areas of our work.

Scientific excellence

EFSA aims to provide high-quality scientific advice based on the expertise of its network of scientists and staff and the quality of its science-based information and methodologies, which are grounded in internationally recognised standards.


EFSA is committed to safeguarding the independence of its experts, methods and data from any undue external influence and to ensuring that it has the necessary mechanisms in place to achieve this.


Communicating openly and promptly on its scientific work helps foster trust in EFSA. As well as being transparent, we aim to engage civil society in our risk assessment work and connect with untapped scientific potential.


Being pro-active and forward-looking enables EFSA to anticipate new challenges. We believe that regulatory science must keep pace with changes in the natural sciences, industry and society. We are constantly developing and adapting our data and working methods to ensure that the EU food safety system is at the forefront of scientific as well as administrative thinking and practice.


Working together and exchanging knowledge between food safety experts in the EU and globally ensures excellence and efficiency and maximises the available risk assessment capacity and potential. We believe that the totality of food safety expertise in Europe and internationally is greater than the sum of its individual parts. See Partners