Biological Hazards

The panel on Biological Hazards assesses issues on microbiological food hygiene, contamination of food by human pathogen microorganisms and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The panel also assesses the development of resistance against antimicrobials and disinfectants including transmission of resistance genes to pathogenic microorganisms.


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Search for published risk assessments and risk assessments on the agenda from the panel on Animal Health and Welfare.




Taran Skjerdal (chair)

Georg Kapperud

Kjetil Klaveness Mellby

Lucy Robertson

Marina Elisabeth Aspholm

Solveig Jore

Trond Møretrø

Truls Nesbakken


Assessing risk means assessing how likely it is that a hazard we know leads to injury. In addition, we need to assess how serious the injury is.

Independent and transparent

VKM is appointed by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. VKM is organized as an independent body, fulfilling the national requirement for independent, transparent and open scientific risk assessments.

Risk assessments in VKM follow current international standards and methodology in the respective fields of responsibility for VKMs panels.


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