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Indicative timelines for submitting additional or supplementary information to EFSA during the risk assessment process of regulated products


  • European Food Safety Authority

  • Correspondence: scer@efsa.europa.eu
  • Acknowledgement: EFSA wishes to thank the members of: the Scientific Committee, the Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP), the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS), the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF), the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) for the preparatory work on this scientific output and EFSA staff: Per Bergman, Majlinda Lahaniatis, Maria Astridou, Daniela Maurici and Tobin Robinson for the support provided to this output.
  • Approval date: 30 January 2014
  • Published date: 31 January 2014
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2013-00975
  • On request from: EFSA


During the risk assessment of regulated products additional or supplementary information may be needed to be gathered and analysed by the European Food Safety Authority. This is performed, either through “calls for data” as prescribed through some sectoral legislation or through a mechanism of suspended timelines for the risk assessment. The timeline and specificities of use of suspended timelines for the risk assessment, is specified by the sectoral legislation and may diverge from one area to another. In this respect, the setting of indicative timelines for submitting additional or supplementary information needed to complete the risk assessment, aims at streamlining the interaction between EFSA and applicants.