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

Authors
Journal
Trends in Food Science & Technology
0924-2244
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2010.07.003
Disciplines
  • Biology

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.

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