Specialised courses on advanced aspects of risk assessment for EFSA Panel members and staff

IMM, Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet together with The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), UK and National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands, have organised specialised courses for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The courses were open for EFSA Panel and Scientific Committee members and EFSA scientific staff.

Three different courses were delivered:

  • Evidence base for risk assessment
  • Variability and uncertainty
  • Exposure assessment

The courses contained a mixture of lectures, group discussions and practical exercises and are structured around EFSA guidance and best practice.

Each course had the duration of two working days, from lunch to lunch over 3 days. The courses were given six times each during Feb 2013-April 2015 at EFSA in Parma, Italy.

The eighteen courses had 388 participants in total, whereof 109 EFSA experts and 282 EFSA staff. 
The results from the course questionnaires show that the course participants reached the intended learning outcomes of the courses to a high degree (4.0/5.0) and expected that the courses will facilitate their future work for EFSA (3.8/5.0).
More information is available in the report from the courses.

Course organisers

IMM, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, SE (IMM-KI)

  • Johanna Zilliacus, Associate Professor, Training coordinator
  • Annika Hanberg, Professor
  • Helen Håkansson, Professor
  • Marika Berglund, Associate Professor
  • Agneta Åkesson, Associate Professor

The Food and Environment Research Agency, UK (FERA)

  • Dr Andy Hart
  • Dr Villie Flari

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, NL (RIVM)

  • Dr Polly Boon
  • Dr Jacob van Klaveren


Senior lecturer

Johanna Zilliacus

Phone: 08-524 835 44
Organizational unit: Biochemical toxicology
E-mail: Johanna.Zilliacus@ki.se

Health risk assessment