Rationale and early areas of intervention
Too often, while scientific information underpinning food standards and risk management is becoming more prevalent and available, the delay in translating such knowledge into a “usable” form by food regulators at the domestic and international level is what contributes to delaying various food standard setting initiatives. This, generally results in maintaining an unpredictable environment for industry, impeding innovation or maintaining divergent regulatory measures which in turn contribute in creating barriers to trade.
For these areas, the generation and analysis of risk assessment information as well as the formulation of up-to-date food regulatory policy proposals supported by such analysis would help alleviate the uncertainties of the current food regulatory approach domestically and internationally. Other areas of interest are specifically related to food safety and nutrition risk communication, where the Platform could become a focal point for a multi-lingual science-driven source of information for food risk communication, adapted to various audiences.