Regulated microbes and their products: news and challenges in EU risk assessment, 16-17 September, 2020, Helsinki, Finland

Regulated microbes and their products: news and challenges in EU risk assessment, 16-17 September, 2020, Helsinki, Finland

Please note that the event has been postponed to 16-17 September.


Microorganisms are used in the food chain but also elsewhere as production organisms or viable microorganisms. This info session provides an overview of the relevant regulatory bodies within the EU, however, having the emphasis in the feed and food chain. The new Regulation on the transparency and sustainability in the food chain and its consequences will be opened. Some problems and questions that are regularly raised by the applicants will be considered at the practical level.

The event will help you to understand the requirements from EFSA and to register your product in a more effective way. The event is important for industry leaders and registration specialists to be ahead in product development and registration.

Participation fee 1500 €. Early bird -10% until 7 August.

The fee includes meals, refreshments and the event material. Cancellations by 1 September with 10% administration fee. Payment is due within 30 days upon receipt of the invoice or prior to the event, whichever is first. In the unlikely event that the event is cancelled Biosafe is not responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registered delegates.

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Tentative program

Day 1, Wednesday, September 16
12.00 Registration and lunch
13.00 Welcome, Biosafe
13.15 Transparency regulation, what are the consequences for the industry?
Ruud Bremmers, Managing Director, Regal B.V.
14.00 Assessment of microorganisms in additive applications
Dr. Monserrat Anguita, EFSA
14.45 Genes of concern (mostly about AMR)
Prof. Sirpa Kärenlampi, Biosafe
15.30 Discussion and refreshments
16.15 Qualified Presumption of Safety: Can my microbe get a QPS status and what should I do to get it? What is the advantage of having the status?
Lieve Herman, ILVO, Belgium, Chair of the EFSA QPS working group
17.00 End of day one
Evening program in Helsinki
Day 2, Thursday, September 17
8.30 Refreshments
9.00 Lactic acid bacteria in human and veterinary infections, a cause of concern?
Prof. Atte von Wright, Biosafe
9.45 Quality criteria for analytical studies
Dr. Jouni Heikkinen, Biosafe
10.30 Importance of sampling: absence of DNA, absence of cells
Dr. Pauliina Halimaa, Biosafe
11.15 Lunch
12.00 Whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis; new guidance from EFSA; how to understand/use the data; what can WGS achieve/not achieve
Dr. Jenny Makkonen, Biosafe
12.45 Questions & Answers
13.30 Refreshments and discussion
14.00 End of day two

The event venue
Housed in a historic red brick warehouse, Sipuli is an exceptional and versatile restaurant and events venue.
Kanavaranta 7, 00160 Helsinki, Finland (view on map)

Check out our hotel suggestions
Note Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Helsinki. Special price until 1 September 2020.

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Pauliina Halimaa
+35840 640 3225