In carrying out its evaluation, EFSA may consult the authority responsible for food safety assessment in one of the European Union (EU) Member States. In the UK this is the Food Standards Agency, which seeks expert advice on GM foods from the independent Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) as appropriate.
When an authorisation is requested that includes cultivation of GM crops for feed or food use or the importation of genetically modified plant material, EFSA will consult the national competent authorities designated under Directive 2001/18/EC, which deals with the deliberate release of GM organisms into the environment. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the contact point for the UK and more information can be found on its website via the link below.
EFSA's final opinion on each application is published for public comment before any decision on authorisation is taken. Interested parties are recommended to subscribe to the European Commission's food safety website to get the maximum notice of these consultation periods.