The Panel on Plant Protection Products carries out risk assessments of chemical and biological plant protection products, and their residues in food. Norway has an extemption from EU regulations, which means that all plant protection products have to be nationally approved by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
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.
VKM is appointed by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. VKM is organized as an independent body, fulfilling the national requirement for independent, transparant and open scientific risk assessments.
Risk assessments in VKM follow current international standards and methodology in the respective fields of responsibility for VKMs panels.