Legal and Institutional Aspects of the General Framework
As stated in previous chapters, one of the primary objectives of the General Framework is to be fully compatible with the existing legal requirements of EU food safety regulation and to be implementable with as few institutional changes as possible. Following this objective, it is stressed at the outset that the General Framework could be put into practice without any major structural changes within the current system, by taking into account its procedural and methodological recommendations. This applies especially to the handling of different types of food safety threats, the involvement of stakeholders, and an increased awareness of the need for a transparent and consistent coordination between assessment and management, in particular with regard to the tasks of framing and evaluation. Yet, it is argued that some limited institutional changes would facilitate the realisation of the innovative steps of food safety governance established by the General Framework, especially the tasks of screening, the setting of terms of reference and evaluation, and the reconsideration of participation procedures. Therefore, this chapter is aimed at setting out a proposal for such limited institutional changes. These recommendations are summarised in Table 6.1 below, together with the legal and institutional issues involved.