Microbial Ecology

The panel assesses the environmental risk when releasing/importing micro-organisms. The specialist group also assesses health and environmental risks when using microbiological products for cleaning, drain cleaning, oil remediation etc.


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Search for published risk assessments and risk assessments on the agenda from the panel on Microbial Ecology.



Elisabeth Henie Madslien (chair)

Erik Joner

Kaaare Magne Nilsen

Pål Trosvik

Gunhild Bødtker

Bjørn Tore Lunestad

Astrid Wester

Åsa Helena Frostegård

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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