The agreement is between the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) and the National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS) of the Republic of Korea.
It was signed during the visit to ANSES headquarters of a NIFDS delegation, by the two director generals, Dr Yeowon Sohn and Dr Roger Genet.
NIFDS is a government agency responsible for science-based risk assessment, review/evaluation, approval and research on food and medicinal products for ensuring public health and is part of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).
The MoU will boost scientific and technical cooperation between the two parties, enabling them to develop knowledge and exchange information.
The two agencies plan to collaborate in food safety, especially concerning microbiological risk, chemical risk and nutrition, for example on marine biotoxins and endocrine disruptors.
ANSES and the NIFDS agreed on risk assessment and research, the exchange of technical knowledge and know-how, such as planning and implementation of projects of common interest, the organisation of exchanges and visits by scientists and trainees, or the dissemination of scientific knowledge during seminars and workshops.