Qualified presumption of safety (QPS): A generic risk assessment approach for biological agents notified to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Renata G K Leuschner, Tobin P. Robinson, Marta Hugas, Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Florence Richard-Forget, Günter Klein, Tine R. Licht, Christophe Nguyen-The, Amparo Querol, Malcolm Richardson, Juan E. Suarez, Ulf Thrane, Just M. Vlak, Atte von Wright

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    Abstract

    Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) is a generic risk assessment approach applied by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to notified biological agents aiming at simplifying risk assessments across different scientific Panels and Units. The aim of this review is to outline the implementation and value of the QPS assessment for EFSA and to explain its principles such as the unambiguous identity of a taxonomic unit, the body of knowledge including potential safety concerns and how these considerations lead to a list of biological agents recommended for QPS which EFSA keeps updated through an annual scientific review and assessment. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)425-435
    Number of pages10
    JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
    Volume21
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010

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