In an article published on April 10, 2017 the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) informed about a workshop it held with a delegation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to “discuss specific topics of common interest in the area of risk assessment related to chemicals.” The workshop took place on April 5, 2017 in Ispra, Italy, and involved 19 experts from EFSA and members from JRC’s Directorates for Sustainable Resources and Health, Consumers & Reference Materials.
One of the topics discussed was chemical mixtures, “where a regular collaboration between EFSA and JRC is already successful,” the JRC reported. The discussion focused on databases and tools to support mixture assessment, for example JRC’s Information Platform on Chemical Monitoring (IPCheM). Regarding endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), “many of the issues and knowledge gaps identified by EFSA are already being addressed by the JRC with novel test methods and improvement of existing test guidelines,” the JRC explained. Further, the JRC and EFSA discussed integrated approaches to risk and hazard assessment regarding food-relevant chemicals.
The JRC noted that a new collaboration agreement between EFSA and the JRC is in progress.