Participation in international expert groups and panels

DTU The Food Institute is represented in a large number of international organizations' expert groups, panels, committees and working groups and is also an international reference laboratory in a number of key areas.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides independent scientific advice on food-related risks. EFSA advises on existing and new food-related risks. The advice contributes to shaping European laws, rules and policies - and thus helps protect consumers from the risks in the food chain. EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, and Parliament) and EU Member States.

Particiption in EFSA panels
Vice-chair: EFSA Scientific Committee SC Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain CONTAM
Annette Petersen
Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain CONTAM
Elsa Ebbesen Nielsen
Hearing expert: Questions about flavourings under the Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings FAF
Karin Nørby
Particiption in EFSA networks
Communication Expert Network CEN Heidi Kornholt
Scientific Network for Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) BIOCONTAM Marianne Sandberg/alt. Tine Hald
Scientific Network on Zoonoses Data Collection DATA Abbey Olesen/alt. Birgitte Borck Høg
Scientific Network on Zoonoses Data Collection - subgroup on AMR data DATA Ana Sofia Ribeiro DuarteBirgitte Borck Høg
Chemical Monitoring Data Network Daniel Bernado Garcia Jorgensen/alt.Annette Petersen
Scientific Network on Food Consumption Data DATA
Ellen Trolle/alt.Sisse Fagt
Scientific Network on Veterinary Medicinal Products Residues Data Collection (RVMP) DATA
Daniel Bernado Garcia Jorgensen/alt.Annette Petersen
Scientific Network for Food Ingredients and Packaging - subgroup on food contact materials FIP
Gitte Alsing Pedersen/alt.Pelle Thonning Olesen
Scientific Network for Risk Assessment of GMOs (Food and Feed) GMO
Jan W. Pedersen
Scientific Network on Emerging Risks Exchange EREN Gitte Alsing Pedersen / Birgitte Borck Høg
Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed SCER
Katrin Loeschner/alt.Jens Jørgen Sloth
Participation in EFSA's cross-cutting working groups
SCER WG Chemical Mixtures Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
SCER WG Compendium of botanicals V3
Kirsten Pilegaard
SC Cross-Cutting WG Genotoxicity
Elsa Ebbesen Nielsen
Guidance on appraising and integrating evidence from epidemiological studies Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
Participation in EFSA's working groups on 'Pesticides'
Cumulative risk assessment of pesticides PRAS
Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
Developing IATA case studies on development neurotoxicity PRAS
Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
Participation in EFSA's working group on 'Nutrition'
NUTRINovel Foods 2018-2021 NUTRI
Morten Poulsen
EFSA Advisory Forum and Focal Point
Advisory Forum: EFSA Christine Nellemann
Focal Point: EFSA
Vibe Meister Beltoft

European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN), is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries.

CEN TC275 WG10 (Foodstuffs - Elements and their chemical species) CEN, DS Jens Jørgen Sloth
CEN TC327 WG4 (Animal feedingstuffs - Elements and their chemical species) CEN, DS
Jens Jørgen Sloth
Standardisering CEN, DS
Mette Erecius Poulsen
CEN TC275 WG9 Vitamins and carotenoids CEN, DS

Jette Jakobsen

ISO/TC 34/WG 14 "Vitamins, carotenoids and other nutrients ISO, DS Jette Jakobsen
CEN TC352 WG4 (Manufactured nano-objects in food additives) CEN, DS Katrin Loeschner

European Union (EU)

The National Food Institute participates in the following expert groups:

Focal point: European Center for Disease Control ECDC
Rene Hendriksen
Joint interagency report on consumption and resistance of antimicrobials EU - ECDC
Frank Møller Aarestrup
European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) (European Medicine Agency - (EMA))
Frank Møller Aarestrup
EUCAST subcommittee MIC wild-type distributions and ECOFFs ESCMID/ECDC/National breakpoint committees
Rene Hendriksen
EU EURLs WG for NGS og ISO/TC 034/SC 09/WG 25 "Whole-genome sequencing for typing and genomic characterization" EURL
Rene Hendriksen
ECHA BPC Ad hoc Working Group on the Assessment of Residue Transfer to Food ECHA
Max Hansen
eWorking Group on the Cumulative Risk Assessment of Pesticide Residues EU, PAFF
Bodil Hamborg Jensen
European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) (European Medicine Agency (EMA)) Rene Hendriksen
EU reference laboratory for AMR Rene Hendriksen

The Institute also contributes as an EU reference laboratory in a number of key areas: pesticides in cereals and feed (EURL-CF), process contaminants in food (EURL-PC), metals and nitrogen-containing substances in feed and food (EURL-MN) and antibiotic resistance (EURL-AR).

Find more information on the reference laboratories' websites:

Read more about the institute's role in the EU reference laboratories.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, to achieve food security for all, and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health.

CCPR: electronic Working Group on revisiting the IESTI FAO/WHO
Bodil Hamborg Jensen
CCPR, Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues FAO/WHO
Bodil Hamborg Jensen
FAO reference laboratory for AMR Rene Hendriksen

    Norden, Nordic Co-operation

    The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council are the main forums for official Nordic co-operation, which involves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

    Working group for the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2020 Nordisk Ministerråd
    Ellen Trolle
    Nordic Committee on Food Analysis NMKL
    Jette JakobsenGrethe HyldingRikke Andersen

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

    Group under OECD Test guideline programme Person
    OECD Test Guidelines programme VMG-non animal test guideline - VMG-NA Anne Kjerstine Rosenmai
    OECD Test Guidelines programme Extended Advisory Group for Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics – EAGMST Anne Marie Vinggaard
    OECD Test Guidelines programme Expert Group on Non-Genotoxic Carcinogenicity - EG on NGTxC Anoop Kumar Sharma
    OECD expert group for establishment of pig-a Test Guideline Anoop Kumar Sharma
    Expert Group on the development of a DRP on the miniaturised versions of the Ames test Anoop Kumar Sharma
    OECD QSAR Toolbox Management Group Eva Bay Wedebye
    OECD Expert Group on Defined Approaches for Skin Sensitisation Eva Bay Wedebye
    OECD Expert group on skin sensitization Eva Bay Wedebye
    QSAR Assessment Framework Project Eva Bay Wedebye
    OECD Test Guidelines programme OECD Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds Jan W. Pedersen
    OECD Expert group on skin sensitization Jeppe Madura Larsen
    OECD QSAR Toolbox Management Group Nikolai G. Nikolov
    OECD Test Guidelines programme Advisory Group on Endocrine Disrupters Testing and Assessment (EDTA) of the Test Guidelines Programme - EDTA-AG Sofie Christiansen
    OECD Test Guidelines programme National coordinator for OECD test guideline programme and EU Test Methods concerning humane effects – WNT Sofie Christiansen
    OECD Test Guidelines programme Expert Group on Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity - EG repro dev Sofie Christiansen
    OECD EG on Development Neurotoxicity (DNT) Sofie Christiansen
    OECD EG on Development Neurotoxicity (DNT) Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
    IATA Case Studies Project Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
    OECD Test Guidelines programme Extended Advisory Group for Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics – EAGMST Terje Svingen

    World Health Organization (WHO)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health.

    WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) WHO Rene Hendriksen
    WHO Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) WHO
    Tine Hald
    WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) WHO
    Rene Hendriksen
    Focal Point: International Network of Food Safety Authorities (INFOSAN) WHO
    Rene Hendriksen
    WHO Collaborating Center for Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens and Genomics WHO
    Rene Hendriksen
    WHO Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS) Rene Hendriksen