Microbial Ecology

The panel on Microbial Ecology assesses environmental risks posed by the release/import of microorganisms and the use of medicinal products containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms. The group also assesses health and environmental risks posed by the use of microbiological products for cleaning and oil decontamination among others.


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




Yngvild Wasteson (chair)

Bjørnar Ytrehus

Elisabeth Henie Madslien

Erik Joner

Kåre Magne Nilsen

Ole Martin Eklo

Pål Trosvik

Øyvind Bergh


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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