On May 4, 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on its “Draft guidance on communication of uncertainty in scientific assessments.” EFSA explained that its “scientists are introducing a more harmonized and transparent way of accounting for the limitations in scientific knowledge – the ‘uncertainties’ – in their scientific assessments.” The communication guidance “aims to help our different audiences to understand this information by providing it in a more accessible language tailored to their needs.” Earlier this year, EFSA published its “Guidance on uncertainty analysis in scientific assessments” (FPF reported).

The consultation particularly addresses science communicators, social scientists and academics specialized in communicating scientific uncertainty, decision-makers, scientific assessors, and stakeholders in the fields of food safety and public health. Written comments can be submitted until June 24, 2018.

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EFSA (May 4, 2018). “A blueprint for communicating uncertainty – Review our approach.

EFSA (May 4, 2018). “Public consultation on draft ‘Guidance on communication of uncertainty in scientific assessments.’