The DEMETER project has been initiated to support the current EFSA procedure for emerging risks identification by establishing a collaborative platform to allow EU member states and EFSA to share data, knowledge and methods for the identification of emerging food-related risk. DEMETER will develop a shared vision of a Collaborative Emerging Risk Knowledge Exchange Framework and indicate how the methods and tools, as developed within DEMETER, fit into this shared vision.
Keywords: Food Safety, Modelling, Virtual Research Environments, Risk Assessment, Model Repository, Diseases
Targeted end users
The ERKEP (Emerging Risk Knowledge Exchange Platform) framework is intended to act as a key source of knowledge for a range of different stakeholders that are actively engaged or interested in the identification and monitoring of emerging food risks and their drivers. Hence, there are stakeholders that actively shape the issue / risk identification process and act as end-users of the ERKEP framework. Those are often directly involved in food safety procedures and policy as outlined in the EFSA risk identification process. In addition, there are stakeholders being more broadly affected by the hazards, risks and drivers identified. Involved Stakeholders include inter alia:
- Emerging Risks Exchange Network (EREN) members
- Focal Points
- EFSA Advisory Forum
- Directorate General
- European Parliament Committees
- European Medicines Agency
- Chemicals Agency
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks
- Discussion Group on Emerging Risks
- International Organizations
The DEMETER VRE will support the early identification of issues in the food (and feed) chain. Therefore, it is planned to set up this VRE as a knowledge exchange portal for this area. As a specific feature it is planned to demonstrate how KNIME-based data mining workflows can be shared and applied from within the VRE..
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