School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


EFSA RISK RANKING: Critical review of methodology and application of risk ranking

EFSA RISK RANKING aims to perform a review of current methods and tools for risk ranking for prioritisation of food and feed related issues, as regarding anticipated health impact, and to perform a systematic and in-depth evaluation of the various methods/tool available, as well as to identify gaps in existing methodologies. This overall aim is broken down into the following three project objectives:


Objective 1: Extensive literature search and data management: to perform an extensive literature search on methods for risk ranking for application in diet and health, food and feed safety, including those developed from both natural/life and socio-economic sciences, risk analysis and food safety governance, and to handle the obtained data in a proper and transparent way.


Objective 2 (O2): Information clustering: to evaluate the identified methods/tools for their characteristics, weaknesses and strengths, data resources, fields of applications, and to group, as much as possible, the various methods/tools, based on these aspects and their functioning in several case studies.


Objective 3 (O3): Applicability for EFSA: to critically compare all methods/tools for risk ranking, to design a conceptual framework for an overarching approach for risk ranking, and to develop recommendations for future tool development, and use by EFSA.


ERSA RISK RANKING is delivered by 6 tasks:




Preparation and submission of the draft literature search protocol



Preparation final literature search protocol



Preparation of written interim report



Completion of literature review, data management, and prototype database



Preparation of prototype database



Preparation of the provisional final report


The Food and Society Group at Newcastle University (CRE/AFRD) are one of three European partners to collaborate on the EFSA RISK RANKING project; the consortium includes representation from RIKILT (Wageningen, Netherlands) and the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA, York, UK) and the Food and Society Group at Newcastle University (CRE/AFRD).