FSSAI reconstitutes Scientific Panels and Scientific Committee

Reconstituted 21 Scientific Panels, each comprising of 9 members

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has reconstituted its Scientific Panels (SP) and empanelled about 200 scientific experts from different scientific organisations such as ICMR, CSIR, ICAR, NIFTEM, IITs and various institutes working in the area of food safety and nutrition.

These scientists will work with FSSAI for next three years and suggest FSSAI about the scientific aspects of food safety. This will further make way to notify food standards and regulations.

The Scientific Committee and the twenty-one Scientific Panels are principal scientific arms of the food authority in the standard development process. FSSAI has reconstituted 21 Scientific Panels, each comprising of 9 members and the Scientific Committee comprising of chair of 21 scientific panels & 6 independent members.

The Scientific Panels are constituted by the Food Authority under Section 13 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act) for the purpose of developing standards, and also to provide scientific opinion/inputs to the food authority, as and when sought.

At the point of inception of FSSAI, the Food Authority commissioned only 8 SPs. Currently, there are a total of 21 SPs that comprise 11 vertical and 10 horizontal panels.

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