The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) carries out independent risk assessments for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) and the Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet).
In carrying out independent risk assessments, VKM plays an important role towards ensuring that Norwegian consumers have safe food and towards protecting the environment.
The Scientific Panels comprise about 120 independent experts with broad interdisciplinary competencies.
A risk assessment conducted by VKM is a review, summary, and objective assessment of scientific documentation available to determine the risk associated with a particular situation or action.
Scientific results and data used in our risk assessments are obtained from peer-reviewed articles and published documents, including risk assessments from national and international bodies, and from national and international surveillance and monitoring.